New Guide Covers Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings

  February 9, 2022

By Dan Hounsell

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the International Code Council (ICC), and Springer, a leading global scientific and technical publisher, recently announced the release of a new engineering guide, Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. 

The guide’s 2021 edition provides information on the fire safety performance of tall, very tall, and super tall buildings. Topics featured in the engineering guide 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. Additional information in the 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,” says Nicole Boston, CAE, chief executive officer of SFPE. “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.”  

Dan Hounsell is senior editor, facility group.


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