Fireproof Building Design Ideas

Fire can wreak ravaging havoc on your properties. Also, fire can endanger your life and the lives of people who reside in your building, whether be it your tenants or your family members. Therefore, the vulnerability of your properties to fire justifies your worry over a significant hazard a fire can pose. Fireproof building design can delay the ravaging effects long enough for people to escape.

While you cannot rule out the possibility of an inferno breaking out, you must always prepare yourself for the worse. But, does this mean that you have just to sit back and resign to the fate of your buildings going up in flames?

Seriously? If so, think about how you can adopt the standards of fire safety design. Luckily, the United Kingdom and especially London have standards that can prevent the fire from damaging your properties disproportionately.

Many people here in London and across the world can relate to the Grenfell Tower fire incidence. This tragic event was a landmark. It marked the shift of the building design paradigms to the fire safety of building occupants.

grenfell fire tragedy: Fireproof building requirements
Above: Grenfell Tower going up in smoke

There are new requirements of the Building Regulations, which you must be cognisant of. Hence, what do you require to make your building safe from fire?

The Grenfell Tower fire incidence sets a stage for us to understand what it takes to make your building safe from the inferno. Let us have a look.

1. Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedy

This incidence was no doubt the greatest wake-up call for authorities in this country. It is not that it was unavoidable. Many people lost their lives and properties worth millions of pounds went up in smoke. Therefore,  those responsible could have taken precautions. But, what are these precautions?

This question boils down to three issues. Who designed that building? Who did the client contract to supply materials and conduct building works? What was the role of the Council in ensuring the safety of occupants and people around the building?

First of all, architects should rethink their building assessment strategies. Second, the local Councils should legislate Building Regulations afresh. Third, classes buildings should undergo new risk assessments.

Fireproof building safety standards
Above: Liaise with the local authorities and estate agents

I have compiled the steps you can take to reduce the fire risks of your building. Let us dig in!

2. Are Fireproof Buildings Safe?

First, you need to understand the basic fire triangle. It helps to you know how a fire starts. Also, you need to know the ratings of fire retardant materials. You also need to know how to use toxic substances to provide insulation from the fire.

Fireproof building safety standards: fire triangle
Above: The fire triangle

The presence of gas, oxygen and heat ignites the fire. Hence, it is advisable to install a smart meter in your building. This device switches power and heating off automatically.

Furthermore, newer than older buildings are safer. Fire is likely to spread faster in older building design. Hence, it is good to know what materials are desirable for fire safety and fireproof building.

First, check that every area of your building must have an exit. Second, you should be able to read the exit signs correctly and clearly. Third, ensure that sprinklers and alarms are functional. Fourth, each should have a supply of fire extinguishers.

Therefore, if you feel that your building lacks at least one of these safety features, then your safety is compromised. Hence, reach out to your nearest architect, emergency services and landlord as soon as you can.

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