Sounding the alarm on fire and life safety

Fire and safety is the most important system in a building; you can’t put a price on your life.

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It is pleasing to hear directly from these experts just how much consideration is paid to preserving life.
It is pleasing to hear directly from these experts just how much consideration is paid to preserving life.

There can be no greater consideration given when constructing a building than to its fire and safety systems.

And that is reflected in a predicted compound annual growth rate of 2.6% for the market until 2025 – a figure that will bring its estimated value to $2.3billion over the next five years.

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Fire safety comprises construction and compartmentation, fire detection and protection systems, smoke management, access, and the all important alarm systems.

Proper installation and maintenance of safety systems is paramount for any developer, and requires close co-ordination across all stakeholders, from the architects to the facade developers.

The industry’s focus has been honed by fresh fire codes that are already being implemented in new projects. However, addressing retrofit projects is a different matter, meaning some solutions are not one-size fits all.

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In the latest MEP Middle East special report, we’ve recruited AESG’s director of fire and life safety and acoustics, Peter Van Gorp, who considers the elements that go into making tall buildings safer.

And we’ve also caught up with WSP’s consultant for fire and life safety, Sopheaktra Chhim, who analyses the role of BIM in reaching new standards for safety.

It is pleasing to hear directly from these experts just how much consideration is paid to preserving life.

If there is one thing that cannot be compromised during a development, it is the systems that keep us safe. You can’t put a price on your life.

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