The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the world’s leading professional society for fire protection and fire safety engineering, along with the International Code Council (ICC), the leading global source of model building codes and standards and building safety solutions, and Springer, a leading global scientific and technical publisher, has announced the release of the 2021 engineering guide titled “Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings.”
The 2021 edition of “Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings” provides information on the fire safety performance of tall, very tall, and super tall buildings.
Topics featured include emergency egress, fire resistance, building envelope, suppression, detection, alarms, and smoke control, with new guidance on considerations for existing buildings, energy storage systems, aerial vehicle platforms, and unique building features such as observation decks and fireworks displays.
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Additional information in the Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings guide consists of performance-based design and international practices.
“We know that very tall buildings impose unique fire protection challenges and require new engineering solutions above and beyond traditional methods,” explains Nicole Boston, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
“This engineering guide provides fire safety engineers and fire protection professionals with specific and necessary engineering principles to overcome the challenges of fire and to protect very tall buildings, their occupants, and first responders.”
As leaders in engineering a fire-safe world, SFPE provides rapid dissemination of the most recent and advanced work in fire protection engineering, fire science, and the social/human dimensions of fire.
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Recently published books in the SFPE book series include:
“Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings”, and
2021 “International Handbook of Structural Fire Engineering,” with additional titles forthcoming.
Added to the expertise of the Code Council in model codes, standards, and building safety solutions, and Springer’s scientific and technology experience, the new publication provides a tool for all fire safety and design professionals around the globe.
“The population growth of many urban centers in numerous countries and the increase in the number of super-tall buildings being built have necessitated advances in fire protection engineering and associated technologies,” added Beth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE, ICC Senior Staff Engineer and incoming SFPE President.
“The second edition of “Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings,” is an excellent product of the partnership between SFPE, ICC and Springer Publishing and provides critical guidance for engineers and fire safety professionals.”
The new “Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings” is available for prices beginning at $109.00, with an additional 40% discount to SFPE members, and the standard ICC member price discounts.
The 276-page guide is available in various formats from SFPE and ICC, and institutional licensing options are available to academic, government, and corporate entities from SFPE.
“Springer Nature is very pleased to publish the “Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings Engineering Guide”, second edition, making this important work available in print and electronically through the extensive SpringerLink platform,” remarked Michael Luby, Senior Editor and Publisher Liaison, Springer.
“This marks an important milestone in our strategic collaboration with the Society and its affiliates.”
A complete table of contents, purchase options, and additional information is available from SFPE at sfpe.org or from ICC at shop.iccsafe.org.
Each year, from 2017 to 2019, an estimated average of 106,700 multifamily residential building fires were reported to fire departments within the United States.
These fires caused an estimated annual average of 400 deaths, 3,875 injuries, and $1.7 billion in property loss.
The residential building portion of the U.S. fire problem is of great national importance, as it accounts for the vast majority of civilian casualties.
A Multifamily Residential Building Fires (2017‑2019) report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which was recognized in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program for Excellence in Public Safety, is available for download at no cost – and describes the characteristics of multifamily residential building fires reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System for 2017‑2019.
Multifamily residential buildings include structures such as apartments, townhouses, rowhouses, condominiums, and other tenement properties.
Multifamily residential buildings tend to have stricter building codes than one and two-family buildings.4
Many multifamily residential buildings are rental properties, and they are usually required to comply with more stringent fire prevention statutes and regulations involving smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.
As a result of the type of building, the more stringent building and code requirements, and the fact that more people live in the building itself than in the predominant one- and two-family residences, fires in multifamily residential buildings tend to have a different profile than fires in other types of residences.
A major difference in the multifamily residential building fire profile is seen in cooking fires.
Cooking was the leading cause of 74% of multifamily residential building fires, almost twice that of all other types of residential buildings.
Multifamily residential buildings also tend to have central heating systems that are maintained by professionals instead of homeowners, thus there are typically fewer heating fires from poor maintenance or misuse than in one- and two-family dwellings.
Also, fire problems related to fireplaces, chimneys, and fireplace-related equipment tend to occur less often in multifamily heating fires since multifamily residential buildings generally lack these features.
Finally, multifamily residential buildings usually have fewer fires caused by electrical problems due to construction materials, building codes, and professional maintenance.
To download the complete 14-page report, go to https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v21i7.pdf.
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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) supports the fire and emergency services professional development community through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative to standardize training, education, experience, and certification activities.
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