Bespoke fire strategies, produced by the IFC Group, are developed to address the specific fire risks that may exist within a building. Projects gain the greatest value when IFC work with designers to develop the strategies in alignment with early building plans.
However, in some cases our clients just need credible support in order to revise existing plans and gain approval for a design that doesn’t yet comply with standard fire safety codes; or they are conducting renovation work which means that pre-existing strategies need to be reviewed and updated.
The fire strategy will also refer to any fire engineering solutions and analysis used to formulate the report’s conclusions, such as computer modelling, structural fire engineering or radiation analysis.
If required our reports can also inform on how the standards of fire safety are to be maintained throughout all stages of the construction. This is particularly important when the work is being carried out while parts of the building are occupied.
It also includes control measures to make sure ongoing maintenance is put in place and that the strategy remains effective for the life of the building.
In essence an effective fire strategy enables the ‘buildability’ of a project and can if required, draw conclusions as to the financial implications of doing so.
You will find that a comprehensive fire strategy from IFC will detail elements such as:
✓ Evacuation routes
✓ Provisions for firefighting
✓ Highlight potential passive and active fire safety systems (e.g. compartmentalisation, suppression, emergency lighting and alarms)
✓ Material classifications and recommendations for the fire rating of walls, doors, floors and overall structure
✓ Occupant risk profiles
✓ Highlight any internal and external fire spread issues