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Fire Engineering: cibse Guide E cibse, tel 0181 675 5211, fax 0181 675 5449 A comprehensive guide to fire safety intended to be of use to all construction professionals, including specialist fire engineers. Chapters are as diverse as legal aspects and precautions against construction site fires. It provides background to the design rules for fire safety and gives guidance on varying them compatibly with the Building Regulations.

Fire from First Principles, Stollard and Abrahams, 1991 E and FN Spon, tel: 01264 332424 A general guide to fire safety with useful lists of reference documents, institutions and trade associations.

Use and Benefits: Incorporating Sprinklers in Buildings and Structures British Automatic Sprinkler Association, tel 0171 233 7022, fax 0171 828 0667 A review of costs and benefits of sprinkler installation in buildings, plus difficulties and limitations.

Quantifying the Cost of Meeting Building Regulations Fire Safety Requirements in New Buildings, 1995 bre From crc, tel 0171 505 6622

A review of the costs of fire safety in building design based on a series of designated building types and variables such as height, area, volume, aspect ratio on plan, etc. Presented as itemised costs and as percentages of overall construction cost for comparison.

Fire Prevention Fire Protection Association, switchboard 0181 207 2345, subscription fax 0181 236 9661

Monthly magazine published by the fpa which is part of the Loss Prevention Council, representing insurers. Reports on fires, fire safety design and equipment developments and gives fire statistics.

Fire Safety Engineering Miller Freeman, tel 0181 207 5599, fax 0181 207 2598 Bi-monthly magazine published by mf for the Association of Building Engineers. Reports on fire safety research, design and equipment development.

In addition to the above, there are many design guides available in specific subject areas published by the lpc (or fpa), bre, the Home Office, Health and Safety Executive, the dhss (the Firecode series for healthcare premises), des (Building Bulletin 7 for schools and education premises) and various trade organisations.


Institute of Fire Engineers (IFireE) 148 Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QB, tel 0116 255 3654 Institution membership used to comprise mainly fire officers but now incorporates the former Institute for Fire Safety to cater for professional engineers who work in fire safety practice and research.

Association of Building Engineers

Jubilee House, Billing Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 8NW, tel 01604 404121 An active association whose main membership are building surveyors but with other construction professionals involved. Frequently publish fire safety articles in its magazine Building Engineer.

Institute of Building Control 92-104 East Street, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1EB, tel 01372 74557 Self-explanatory title covering a wide range of interests within the membership. Especially interested in fire safety regulations and standards.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Delta House, 222 Balham High Road, London SW12 9BS, tel 0191 675 5211 The building service engineers institution which has been supportive of fire engineering with the production of Guide E and other technical memoranda.

The Institution of Structural Engineers 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1X 8BH, tel 0171 235 4535 The institution has a specific fire safety working party.

Loss Prevention Council and Fire Protection Association Melrose Avenue, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 2BJ, tel 0181 207 2345 The representatives of insurance companies involved in fire precautions. It offers test and advisory facilities. Main areas of research and influence are in property/business protection.

Building Research Establishment Garston, Watford, Herts WD2 7JR, tel 01923 664000 Includes the Fire Research Station, which continues to conduct research and give advice on all aspects of fire safety. No longer receives general government funding and works by commission.


Projects listed have areas open to the public to some extent.

Manchester Arena Victoria Station, Manchester An 18,000-seat indoor stadium. Multi-purpose venue in which fire engineering featured heavily in gaining approvals for the circuitous concourse and managed evacuation procedures.

Tate Bankside, London Soon-to-be-completed Tate Gallery for Modern Art. The main entrance Turbine Hall is treated as an open street, rather than an atrium, justified by fire engineering calculation.

Liverpool Street Station/ Broadgate, London The development of Broadgate over the higher-numbered platforms required fire engineering to prove safety at platform level. Smoke from train fires was shown to vent naturally via the Victorian roof area in the centre of the station.

Commerzbank Headquarters, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany Sir Norman Foster's 57-storey tower with naturally vented atrium. The 'greenness' of the building with potentially high levels of ventilation was used to prove fire safety using analysis and wind tunnel testing.

Stansted Airport Terminal Fire engineering used to achieve the very open concourse with little or no visible compartmentation. (The first use of techniques repeated at Chek Lap Kok, Kansai and Kuala Lumpur amongst others).

The Millennium Dome, Greenwich Fire engineering used to demonstrate that the huge volume will not be critical to fire safety and to establish rules for construction of exhibitions.


International Fire Expo '99 10-13 May 1999, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Information, tel 0181 987 7628; tickets, tel 01203 426480

Conference, exhibitions and displays relating to fire safety. Sessions are: Fire Engineering - Its Place in the Future of the Profession; The Changing Face of Fire Safety Legislation; The Risk Assessment Partnership; Community Fire Safety. Papers to be published.

Interflam '99 29 June-1 July 1999 inclusive, Edinburgh Conference Centre. Enquiries, tel 0181 692 5050

Conference, exhibition and displays relating to fire safety. Sessions are: Fire Behaviour of Materials; Fire Dynamics; Fire Resistance; Harmonisation of Fire Standards; Modelling; People in Fire; Performance-based Codes; Risk Assessment. Papers to be published.

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