Fire Safety & the Building Lifecycle
Fire safety standards are critical during all stages of a building’s life cycle, from design to occupancy.
NAMBA’s Approach To Whole Building Fire Safety
We believe that an informed public and robust codes and standards are essential to supporting a multi-layered approach to building fire safety.
Our mission supports these common principles:
- Prevention. Implement proper design, construction and maintenance that comply with building codes to safeguard against the outbreak of fire and/or limit its effects.
- Detection and Communication. Limit fire effects through early detection and communication systems that alert occupants and emergency services.
- Occupant Protection. Facilitate occupant awareness, avoidance of and escape from a building fire.
- Containment or Compartmentation. Limit the spread of fire from the room or area of origin.
- Extinguishment. Implement the use of properly installed and maintained active suppression systems as well as building access for emergency services.
These common principles are applicable to all points in time throughout a building’s lifecycle. For example, the principle of prevention is as important during construction as it is during building occupancy.
NAMBA believes it is important to present these common principles alongside any fire safety discussion to help create a strong culture of fire safety awareness in the built environment.
The International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition provides another way of looking at whole-building fire safety and also includes points to consider at each stage of a building’s life. As the IFSS work demonstrates, fire safety is not one thing, or one attribute, but rather an interconnected set of behaviors, practices, standards, regulations and technologies.
International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS)
NAMBA supports the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition currently under development. These standards will: “establish a common set of internationally accepted performance-based principles for fire safety aspects of design, engineering and construction, occupation, and ongoing management. It will be relevant to all property classes and all regions and nations regardless of the differing political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal differences between nations.”