|Very Tall Buildings|
Very Tall Buildings
To develop a guide on the unique fire safety considerations associated with very tall buildings
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers, in collaboration with the International Code Council, developed the Engineering Guide for Designing Fire Safety in Very Tall Buildings. This guide identifies critical fire safety challenges unique to very tall buildings and examines how these special challenges can be addressed worldwide through an integrated performance-based design. The guide emphasizes the importance of taking an integrated approach to the design of fire safety in tall buildings based on expected fire performance. This integrated approach looks beyond compliance with codes and standards, and considers how the height of the structure impacts fire safety and how various fire safety systems complement each other to achieve fire safety goals. These systems include smoke control, fire suppression, building evacuation, structural fire resistance and fire fighter access.