Fire Safety Engineering and Sustainable Development

Moinuddin, Khalid ORCID: 0000-0002-1831-6754 (2018) Fire Safety Engineering and Sustainable Development. In: ICCESD 20184th International Conference on Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development. Hossain, QS, Islam, KMS, Rashid, MH, Hassan, KM, Rokonozzaman, M and Morshed, AZ, eds. Department of Civil Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh, Khulna, Bangladesh, pp. 1-24.


This paper discusses the concept of fire safety engineering in the context of rapidly developing South Asian countries. It is highlighted that fire safety system design is only one part of the process – the design needs to be analysed to demonstrate that it can achieve acceptable level of fire safety. South Asian countries are also facing the consequence of climate change and energy demand challenges and therefore, there is a motivation for sustainable constructions. However, sustainable construction often leads to fire safety risks with recent Grenfell Tower disaster in London. Sprinkler is one of the most effective fire safety system that contributed to no fatality in Lacrosse building in Melbourne. Victoria University’s research program on water-based fire suppression system (sprinkler and water mist) are presented. Computational fluid dynamics based fire model used for building fire growth, propagation and suppression is now being used for wildfire modelling by Victoria University’s research team. Although wildfire is not a major threat for tropical forests, with the climate change and longer dry weather are making it a possibility. Tropical nations need to be prepared for it and work towards risk reduction.

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Item type Book Section
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ISBN 9789843435026
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Keywords efficacy of sprinkler systems; sprinklered office fire; water mist; wildfire modelling
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