Fire & Life Safety Design Consulting

IEI’s lead fire protection engineer has over 35 years of experience in fire & life safety

Fire and life safety design consultants are relied upon, usually by the project architect to determine what building features are necessary to provide adequate occupant safety in case of a fire. Building and life safety codes, such as the International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC)  and Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), form a basis for the requirements. Experience also plays a part, as the codes allow a performance approach tailored to the specific facility.

The local government authorities, usually the building department and fire department, also play a role in determining the design requirements. For federal projects, the General Services Administration (GSA), the Army Corps of Engineers or the Navy may play a role.

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Life Safety Essentials

To provide accurate and code-driven fire safety designs, IEI’s engineers determine or identify:

  • Occupancy classification
  • Type of construction
  • Hazard of contents
  • Means of egress requirements
  • Fire suppression requirements
  • Required fire and smoke barriers
  • Fire alarm requirements
  • Smoke control requirements

Our Deliverables

The fire and life safety designer provides a report to the client with detailed explanations of the requirements and recommended building features and systems for the facility. These recommended features meet or exceed the fire and life safety requirements of the various codes and regulatory agencies. This report serves as a roadmap for the project team.  Plans are also provided to graphically illustrate the recommended design features.

Scientific and Code-Driven Designs

A prescriptive design approach relies on specific code requirements and guidelines based on factors such as occupancy classification, assembly, education, healthcare, dwellings and hotels. A performance-based design looks closer at the building’s architectural design, occupancy and hazards, and utilizes science to design features that achieve the same results as the prescriptive approach but are tailored to the building. This approach is often necessary for unique buildings that would otherwise be compromised aesthetically or functionally by a one-size-fits-all approach.

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