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The paper describes international progress in preparing standards and codes dealing with fire safety engineering. It identifies the challenge, defines fire safety engineering, lists its benefits and gives an account of work within a number of organisations and countries. In particular it describes the work within ISO TC92/SC4 which uses a sub-systems approach and permits a deterministic or probabilistic approach to design for fire safety in buildings. The paper concludes that a framework code is the cornerstone in gaining further acceptance of engineering approaches to Eire safety in buildings, and identifying topics and priorities for research needed to fill the gaps in current knowledge.
fire safety engineering, buildings, fire, safety, risk, regulations, codes, engineering
Fire Safety SpecialistVisiting Professor, Fire Research Station, Building Research EstablishmentCity University, London,