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Revised and significantly expanded, the fifth edition of this classic work offers both new and substantially updated information. As the definitive reference on fire protection engineering, this book provides thorough treatment of the current best practices in fire protection engineering and performance-based fire safety. Over 130 eminent fire engineers and researchers contributed chapters to the book, representing universities and professional organizations around the world. It remains the indispensible source for reliable coverage of fire safety engineering fundamentals, fire dynamics, hazard calculations, fire risk analysis, modeling and more. With seventeen new chapters and over 1,800 figures, the this new edition contains:
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Throughout the world, the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering is known as the definitive resource for those practicing in the profession. It is regularly used by engineers, fire protection engineering students, and researchers, and it is an important resource for the development of the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Fire Protection Exam. I can’t imagine where our profession would be today without all the dedicated volunteers who sacrificed their valuable time to produce the first five editions.
In 2016, the SFPE board of directors appointed a subcommittee to review the process used to publish the 5th edition and submit recommendations for the next edition. Specifically, the subcommittee was asked to make recommendations on how the book was distributed, the process that was used to publish it, and the content itself. The purpose of this review was to ensure the next edition would meet the future needs of the next generation of fire protection engineers.
As part of this process, the subcommittee solicited formal information by conducting a member survey, soliciting informal feedback through discussions and emails, and holding 10 meetings to review, discuss, and debate the wide-range of feedback obtained. Over 230 members participated in the member survey. At that time, it was interesting to note, the survey responses provided interesting insight on some of the previous assumptions that were held by the subcommittee during the early stages in developing the report. Based on that insight, the subcommittee adjusted their recommendations to include the perspectives of the larger population.
The full report was supported by the SFPE board of directors and can be found on the SFPE website. Specifically, the report included 15 recommendations related to format, editorial board roles, and content:
Moving forward, SFPE is in the final stages of selecting the editorial board that will implement these recommendations and develop the next edition. The editorial board is currently finalizing the outline for the new sections, and a call has gone out for SFPE members who are interested in reviewing existing chapters. I want to thank all of our dedicated members who participated in this process. It’s because of your efforts that the 6th edition of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering will carry on the traditions of the last five editions and meet the future needs of the next generation of fire protection engineers.
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