Frequently asked questions

What fire safety legislation must I satisfy in order to be compliant?
  • In the first instance, you must check whether the building is an existing building or a new building (see Royal Decree 07/07/1994). You'll then know what combination of the seven Annexes is applicable. In general, the basic standards are not applicable to buildings pre-1994, provided that since then there has been no volume expansion or change to the function of the building.
  • ​In addition, ARAB Art. 52 also applies to existing buildings (from 1968) and new-builds in which people are employed. Remember that a concierge in an apartment building also falls into this category.
  • In addition, Royal Decree 28/03/2014 concerning fire prevention at places of work is also applicable to existing buildings and new-builds. This Decree includes requirements on a compulsory fire risk analysis and maintenance and inspections.
  • A number of other important restrictions from other legislation also apply, such as AREI Art. 104.​
  • A range of other legislation is applicable for specific cases such as football stadia, hospitals, retirement homes, high-rise buildings from 1972, etc.
  • If you apply the aforementioned legislation carefully, you will be well on track, but it can sometimes be difficult to see the wood from the trees and to establish the right priorities. We would be happy to help you. Together, we can find a customised solution for your project.

 

I would like to order a project. How does that work?

It's important for us to fully understand your requirements and we will use the initial phase to discuss the added value for your project. This will often take place at our office, but if you are unable to come to Ghent or Leuven, we are happy to discuss this by telephone.
​If the scope of the order is clear, we will put together a proposal (flat-rate amount) with a clear description of the deliverables and the number of meetings.
​If the scope of the order is not entirely clear, we will provide direction and an estimate (range) for an initial phase in advance.

What is the advantage of a design by a consultancy?

An independent consultancy designs systems that offer the client the highest possible level of added value. This is achieved according to the standard for simple designs, and derogates if the standard is too stringent for the risk level in question or if the building is outside of the scope of the standard.
​An installation engineer may also carry out the survey, but as the installation engineer will also be carrying out the installation, this approach is less independent.
​A perfect example is the project around the inner dome of Antwerp Central railways station.

  • ​A client enquired about having a smoke and heat extraction system designed according to the standard, with a smoke-free height reaching as far as the third level of the arrivals hall of the Central Station.
  • When an initial analysis was carried out, it appeared that the client's preferred design (due to the stringent requirements of the fire service) would require a great many smoke vents in the protected monument.
  • After an evaluation of the smoke gas temperature however, it became clear that there was no risk of the glass failing and that the layer of smoke could drop lower without hindering the evacuation.
  • The rationale underpinning the project was sufficient to convince the fire service, facilitating a cost-effective solution that continues to respect the graded building.

The added value of an independent consultancy in this regard is the holistic approach. If the design of a system is considered from the perspective of one certain technology, then it can sometimes be difficult to correctly assess the impact on other technologies and components. Having your design put together by an independent consultancy therefore offers considerable added value.
​As a fire safety expert, FESG will not always be the cheapest option when it comes to survey and design, but we are confident that when the project is completed, we will have offered the client the highest possible added value.

What is the added value for the design of a smoke and heat extraction system in industrial buildings?

An independent consultancy designs systems that offer the client the highest possible level of added value. This is achieved according to the standard for simple designs, and derogates if the standard is too stringent for the risk level in question or if the building is outside of the scope of the standard.
A good example is the Melle Industrial Building project (train depot).

  • ​A client asked us to design a smoke and heat extraction system according to the standard (smoke vents in the roof).
  • Using our vast experience and the height of the hall, we developed a system that incorporated fewer smoke vents by validating the performance-oriented design with CFD.
  • The additional investment in survey costs was paid back 30 times over thanks to lower installation costs.

The added value of an independent consultancy in this regard is the holistic approach. If the design of a system is considered from the perspective of one certain technology, then it can sometimes be difficult to correctly assess the impact on other technologies and components. Having your design put together by an independent consultancy therefore offers considerable added value.
​As a fire safety expert, FESG will not always be the cheapest option when it comes to survey and design, but we are confident that when the project is completed, we will have offered the client the highest possible added value.

What is your added value when designing a sprinkler system for an industrial building?

An independent consultancy designs systems that offer the client the highest possible level of added value. This is achieved according to the standard for simple designs, and derogates if the standard is too stringent for the risk level in question or if the building is outside of the scope of the standard.
A good example is the Ongoing project.

  • ​The client asked us to design a sprinkler system for a warehouse with rack stacking according to the standard (sprinklers in the rack and roof network).
  • Using our vast experience and recent investigations, we proposed derogations in two areas with thorough substantiation based on recent fire tests.
  • Investment in the sprinkler system was reduced by 40% when compared to equipment according to the standard, without any reduction to the safety level.

The added value of an independent consultancy in this regard is the holistic approach. If the design of a system is considered from the perspective of one certain technology, then it can sometimes be difficult to correctly assess the impact on other technologies and components. Having your design put together by an independent consultancy therefore offers considerable added value.
​As a fire safety expert, FESG will not always be the cheapest option when it comes to survey and design, but we are confident that when the project is completed, we will have offered the client the highest possible added value.

What is the added value for the design of a smoke and heat extraction system for car parks?

An independent consultancy designs systems that offer the client the highest possible level of added value. This is achieved according to the standard for simple designs, and derogates if the standard is too stringent for the risk level in question or if the building is outside of the scope of the standard.
A good example is the Quartier Bleu project in the Hasselt harbour district.

  • ​A client asked us to design a smoke and heat extraction system according to the standard (longitudinal ventilation in the car park).
  • Given the considerable dimensions, a sprinkler system was also provided. NBN S21-208-2 does not, however, take the added value of the sprinkler into account correctly.
  • Using our vast experience, we developed a smoke and heat extraction system according to the level of risk, validating the performance-oriented design with CFD.
  • The additional investment in survey costs was paid back 10 times over thanks to lower installation costs.

    ​Do you think that this solution would be put forward by an engineer or non-specialised consultancy?
    ​As a fire safety expert, FESG will not always be the cheapest option, but we are confident that we offer the client the highest possible level of added value.
As an employer, I need to carry out a risk assessment in accordance with KB 28/03/2014. What exactly do I need to do?

Please give us a ring. We will use a questionnaire to assess the complexity of your file and then offer you a non-binding and customised proposal.

Do you also install equipment?

An independent consultancy designs systems that offer the client the highest possible level of added value. If we were also required to install equipment, we would no longer be independent.
As such, our work ends with the design (or, if the client so wishes, the detailed design), whereupon the engineer implements the plans that we have put together. We will never carry out installation ourselves, we prefer to stick to what we are good at. That's something we strongly believe in.
​As a fire safety expert, FESG will not always be the cheapest option, but we are confident that we offer the client the highest possible added value, for both the design and the detailed design.

I have a pipe that runs through a compartment wall. What do I need to provide?

Please give us a ring. We will use a questionnaire to assess the complexity of your file and then offer you a non-binding and customised proposal.