An independent sprinkler design report, which aims to provide those involved in the design and construction supply chain with useful and helpful information on the design implications of automatic sprinklers, has achieved CPD accreditation.
Produced by global engineering consultancy WSP, on behalf of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), the report, The Impact of Automatic Sprinklers on Building Design – Commercial Sector: Offices, provides contractors, developers, architects and consultants insights into the beneficial impact that incorporating sprinklers can have and how they can add value to building design.
The report will give the reader an appreciation of whether the inclusion of automatic sprinklers for a particular scheme is worthy of further consideration. Through robust research and by looking at different building types and design options, the report identifies the capital and lifecycle costs, design benefits and flexibility, as well as the potential to reduce the construction programme.
In building design, attaining an adequate level of fire safety is a statutory requirement. However, it is up to the designer to decide which design features and fire safety services are required to achieve this. Standard fire safety guidance offers concessions for a variety of building types if automatic sprinklers are incorporated, whilst fire engineering techniques can derive further value. The first section of the report discusses these concessions generally whilst the latter part provides a review and a guide to office building types.
The BSA is calling for better education on the substantial benefits that fire sprinklers can deliver to the business community and wider economy, and is calling for government to review existing building standards to bring policy on fire sprinklers in line with competitor economies.
A copy of the full report is available to download from here