Fire Safety Engineering: An Inquiry into the Issue

The delivery of major infrastructure and buildings requires detailed planning, design and construction. Robust but efficient approval procedures are vital to ensure safety. The process necessitates that all parties involved in the development understand and are appropriately qualified to deliver. This is particularly true for fire safety engineering.

Urgent action is required to find fire safety solutions owned and led by the built environment

fire-safety-engineering-logoThe risks associated with failed fire safety have been made clear by the Grenfell fire tragedy in London which caused the deaths of seventy-one residents and injured a further seventy.

The Grenfell tragedy was believed to be exacerbated by combustible external cladding that enabled the fire to ascend rapidly unimpeded, despite the efforts of fire crews. This event triggered a public inquiry in the UK and multiple parallel reviews around the world, including Australia.

While many inquiries are focused on products and appropriate cladding, The Warren Centre recognises that there is a much bigger issue to be considered that speaks to the core of fire safety engineering:

How do we avoid risk and uncertainty around fire safety issues in building construction?

The project will focus on this core element while exploring the contributing factors such as:

  • Are building owners and construction companies able to access the right skills and resources for fire safety design and installation?
  • How do we best avoid fire safety risks like the cladding issue while maintaining all the advantages of performance based fire safety design?
  • Do we have the right compliance frameworks in place?
  • Is there an optimal model of delivery of fire safety engineering that is practical for all jurisdictions and authorities?
  • And what competencies, education and accreditation are required of our fire safety engineers for a better future?

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Are you interested in getting involved with this project? For more information contact Ashley Brinson, Warren Centre Executive Director at warrenc@sydney.edu.au or via our contact form.

Find out here about The Warren Centre’s original 1989 Fire Safety Engineering project.