Refuge Areas: The Elephant in the (Fire-rated) Room
Australian building legislation has generally steered clear of promoting the use of refuge areas in commercial buildings.
Fire Engineers and Access Consultants: Partnering for Safer Buildings
In 2009, the Commonwealth House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs stated “every Australian has the right to expect that reasonable provisions will...
Dubai New Year’s Eve Blaze Draws Attention to Cladding Risks
The blaze which engulfed a luxury hotel tower in Dubai on New Year's Eve is already prompting calls in Australia for greater scrutiny of the external...
The Dilemma of Fire Evacuation for Modern High-rises
Fire engineering for modern high rises involves consideration of psychology and human behaviour just as much as it does physical building design.
How Do We Expect People with Disabilities to Evacuate?
Australian building legislation does not currently mandate an inclusive approach to the safe evacuation of buildings.
How Public Space GEEPs Save Lives
Group Emergency Evacuation Plans, or GEEPs, are critical documents needed for public buildings with visitors unfamiliar with evacuation arrangements. An effective GEEP reduces risk and...
Why Workplace PEEPs are Important
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans, or PEEPs, are critical documents that need to be developed for some building occupants. An effective PEEP could literally be the difference...
Building Evacuations and the Social Model of Disability
New buildings need to consider universal design principles to ensure all people can safely and independently evacuate a building that is free of barriers, restrictions or...
One Million Ordered to Evacuate Florence
More than one million people have fled toward higher ground in a mass evacuation ordered three days before the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence.