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Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings

Engineering Guide

  • Deals with the range of challenges specific to very tall buildings

  • Uses an integrated approach to fire protection

  • Examines new and existing buildings

Part of the book series: The Society of Fire Protection Engineers Series (SFPES)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

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    Pages 1-3
  3. History

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    Pages 5-22
  4. Components of Performance-Based Design

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    Pages 23-26
  5. International Practices

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    Pages 27-33
  6. Unique Features of Very Tall Buildings

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    Pages 35-37
  7. Special Features and Attractions

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    Pages 39-42
  8. Integration of Building Design and Systems

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    Pages 55-60
  9. System Reliability

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    Pages 61-62
  10. Situation Awareness

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    Pages 63-67
  11. Emergency Egress

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    Pages 69-103
  12. Fire Resistance

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    Pages 105-134
  13. Building Envelope/Enclosure

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    Pages 135-170
  14. Suppression

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    Pages 171-181
  15. Detection and Alarm

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    Pages 183-193
  16. Smoke Control

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    Pages 195-213
  17. First Responder Considerations

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    Pages 215-223
  18. Electrical

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    Pages 225-229
  19. Buildings Under Construction

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    Pages 231-237

About this book

This Guide provides information on special topics that affect the fire safety performance of very tall buildings, their occupants and first responders during a fire.  This Guide addresses these topics as part of the overall building design process using performance-based fire protection engineering concepts as described in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance Based Fire Protection. This Guide is not intended to be a recommended practice or a document that is suitable for adoption as a code. The Guide pertains to “super tall,” “very tall” and “tall” buildings. Throughout this Guide, all such buildings are called “very tall buildings.”  These buildings are characterized by heights that impose fire protection challenges; they require special attention beyond the protection features typically provided by traditional fire protection methods. This Guide does not establish a definition of buildings that fall within the scope of this document. 

Keywords

  • Fire safety in very tall buildings
  • Egress and evacuation
  • Emergency access
  • Fire resistance / resiliency
  • Reliability of water supply and active fire protection systems
  • First responder mobilization
  • fire science
  • fire protection engineering

Authors and Affiliations

  • International Code Council, Brea, USA

    International Code Council

About the author

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has over 4,600 members and 92 chapters, including 17 student chapters worldwide.

The purpose of SFPE is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.


 The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-79014-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)