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Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings

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This guide is a collaborative effort by SFPE and the International Code Council (ICC) that addresses the complex fire protection challenges of very tall buildings. It provides information on the special topics that affect the fire safety performance of very tall buildings and their occupants during a fire. The special topics are addressed as part of the overall building design process using performance-based fire protection engineering concepts and can be applied internationally and complement the adopted building and fire codes.

Engineers, architects, building officials, contractors, and other professionals involved in the construction of new tall buildings or renovation and alteration of existing tall buildings will benefit from this guide.


It includes coverage of these important topics:


  • History
  • International practices
  • Hazard, risk and decision analysis
  • Reliability of systems
  • emergency egress
  • Facades
  • Detection and alarm
  • First responder issues
  • Buildings under construction
  • Commissioning
  • Components of performance-based design
  • Unique features of tall buildings
  • Integration of building systems
  • Situation awareness
  • Fire resistance
  • Suppression
  • Smoke control
  • Electrical
  • Building life cycle management
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance

(Hardbound, 206 pp. 2013)

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