APPLICATION OF FIRE-SAFETY ENGINEERING IN AUSTRALIA
WILLIAM MAXWELL REED
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Kentucky
Jointly Sponsored by the Center for Applied Energy Research
Mr. Carlos Quaglia
Fire Science and Technology Center
Friday, May 31, 1996, 3:15 p.m.
Room 209 CRMS Bldg
University of Kentucky Campus
In the last eight years a significant development has occurred in the design of buildings for fire safety in Australia. From a purely prescriptive regulatory approach to a performance-based engineering design whereby fire-safety systems are tailored to suit the needs of the particular building. The cost savings associated with the new approach has encouraged building owners, designers and the industry in general to apply fire-safety engineering to a vast range of buildings, particularly those which are large, complex and for which traditional regulations were never intended.
The CSIRO Fire Science and Technology Centre has played a leading role in this process by assessing building design proposals and recommending appropriate fire-safety systems by developing computational tools, training practitioners and providing input in the development of performance-based building regulations. Practical examples will be shown where fire-safety engineering has been applied.