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Fire safety in buildings must integrate sprinklers with smoke control

4th April 2019 Automatic sprinklers and smoke-control ventilation systems are not incongruous. However, they must be designed explicitly with each other in mind when approaching a fire-safety system design for a building. The primary, and most important, fire-safety objective, as stated in T1.1(a), A1 of SANS... 

The role of architectural review in rational design

14th March 2019 The qualitative review under rational design includes an architectural review, fire-safety objectives, fire hazards and risks, trial fire-safety designs, and worst-case fire scenarios for analysis. For example, consultants often ignore the building roof’s geometry, and the required substitute... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

Growth in fire engineering a hot topic for ASP Fire in 2019

22nd January 2019 22 January 2019: With insurers placing greater demands on businesses to comply with all relevant fire-safety standards and regulations, ASP Fire has employed two new fire engineers to enhance its service offering in this regard. Citing fire engineering as a key growth area, ASP Fire CEO Michael... 

Rational fire design solutions championed

21st September 2018 It is imperative for buildings to be designed to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke, as a minor design flaw could potentially put people, equipment and property at risk. For example, inhaling five breaths in a smoke filled room can lead to death. 

Building design must incorporate effective disaster management

18th May 2018 All building designs must incorporate effective disaster-management systems to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke. A minor design flaw could potentially place people, equipment, and property at risk of death and destruction, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk warns. All... 

Shopping centres need to buy into compliant fire-prevention strategies

11th April 2018 Imagine a fire breaking out in a densely-packed shopping centre. Are you sure you know where the nearest emergency exit is, or even if that particular shopping centre has the necessary equipment and evacuation planning in place? ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk argues that many shopping centres... 

The benefits of fire compartmentalisation in warehouses and factories

7th March 2018 It is important that architects understand the benefits of, and need for, fire compartmentalisation in industrial design, such as for warehouses and factories, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. The idea behind fire compartmentalisation is to divide a structure such as a warehouse or... 

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

Generator servicing lessens fire hazard risk

By: Johane Turkstra     28th April 2017 Companies need to service generators regularly to lessen the fire hazard risk they pose, says risk management company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. “A generators is used only occasionally and is generally ‘tucked away in a corner’, so management tends to forget that it can potentially be a... 

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