Ensuring fire and life safety in the development of buildings requires careful consideration of various factors. These factors encompass the flammability of building materials, the fire resistance of components, the implementation of compartmentation using firewalls, the installation of fire-rated doors, the provision of escape facilities, and the incorporation of active firefighting measures like sprinkler systems.
It is of utmost importance to thoroughly assess and address these aspects to prioritise the safety and protection of the building and its occupants.
We adopt a comprehensive and holistic approach to our projects, pursuing fire engineering with the same passion and dedication as our other disciplines. Our commitment extends to passive fire protection, handled by our structural engineers, and active fire protection, where our fire engineering specialists provide strategic guidance.
We deliver comprehensive and well-rounded fire safety solutions by integrating active fire protection measures – like smoke control design or customised escape facilities tailored to unique circumstances – with passive fire protection measures. By employing this approach, we strive to provide our clients with optimal safety and fire protection.
Our extensive range of services in preventive fire engineering covers various building types, including low- to medium-rise buildings (classes 1 to 5) and unique structures like high-rise buildings, schools, and industrial facilities. We understand the value of early integrating holistic concepts, as it accelerates planning processes and reduces construction costs. We provide comprehensive expertise from the initial project sketch to project completion and handover.
Our fire engineering concepts encompass designing structural resistance, implementing active firefighting measures, defining smoke control strategies, and incorporating organisational fire protection measures. By adopting a holistic approach, we ensure compliance with code requirements and create a safe environment during a fire.
The demand for timber construction buildings has been rising, driven by the desire to lower carbon emissions in the construction industry. Our expertise allows us to identify feasible, practical and approvable solutions for addressing fire hazards and conducting risk assessments.
We leverage our experience creatively to convince all stakeholders to pursue the best possible solutions. Our approach ensures the integration of sustainable timber construction with adequate fire safety solutions while satisfying all stakeholders involved in the planning process.
Our evaluation process involves a comprehensive examination of the structure, utilising both empirical rules and modern methods that consider the construction requirements of its time. We prioritise finding simple yet effective solutions that provide adequate protection without the need for costly technical retrofitting.
Adapting existing buildings to modern use while ensuring compliance with current building regulations presents unique challenges, especially at the interface of buildups or extensions where old and new meet. Working closely with the client, authorities, and experts is crucial to address these complexities. By fostering collaboration, we strive to find solutions that equally meet all desired outcomes, requirements, and possibilities.
In addition to placing importance on ecological and economic sustainability, modern climate-friendly buildings emphasise the significance of cultural and social exchange among users. As a result, these projects often take on peculiar characteristics, incorporating hybrid functions such as mixed-use concepts and unique combinations of components and construction methods. This distinctiveness necessitates the development and implementation of specialised fire engineering solutions.
With our extensive experience and many completed projects, we assure safety and economic efficiency in all aspects of our fire engineering solutions.
Some fire protection group members actively serve as volunteer firefighters, bringing valuable practical experience to our team. This additional expertise enhances our knowledge and ensures a protection-oriented approach in the planning process. Moreover, it helps to establish reliable and effective communication channels with authorities and other fire experts, fostering good collaboration and trust.