The primary aim of any fire engineering consultancy is of course to maximise fire safety within a building for its occupants. However, there is another benefit to using the tailored approach to fire engineering – value engineering.
The UK Government released, in February 2017, their official line on how the UK could best address the problems currently found in the UK housing market in their Housing White Paper.
The main theme of the White Paper was the statement by Theresa May that ‘We need to build many more houses, of the type people want to live in, in places they want to live’.
From a fire safety perspective One of the first fire decisions that must be made for all projects, is whether or not to implement a ‘code-compliant’ or ‘fire engineered’ approach in the creation of a fire strategy. Whether it is a retail unit, commercial office, factory or residential apartment block – this decision is vital.
It is natural to want to have the appropriate level of fire safety in every one of your projects. Allowing you to meet building requirements and keep your building occupants safe, whilst also making the use of your space and showcasing your fantastic design.
One of the key objectives for our fire engineers during the early stages of any project is to spot areas of the design where alternative approaches to that suggested in the Approved Document B of the Building Regulations 2010 (ADB), or other common design guides, need to be developed.
As with any property the maintenance element is very important to ensure the comfort and safety of its occupants. Good maintenance also prevents the need for expensive repair works in the future.
As discussed in our previous blog post on the repair work being carried out at the Palace of Westminster, maximising fire safety in such a prestigious building can be a significant undertaking, but what about more commonplace historical properties and refurbishment projects?