FESG wins 2017 FireForum Award
FESG has won the prestigious FireForum Award in the category for architects and consultancies. The fire safety design for the redevelopment of the “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk” in Poelkapelle (West-Flanders) was the best in a whole series of projects.
The project was part of a renovation of the church intended for out-of-school day-care, offices for “Kind & Gezin”, a reception area for the municipal staff and a liturgical room. The day-care centre was designed as a “box-in-a-box” concept. The design focussed on an open architecture giving special attention to the implementation of an open staircase and the use of the existing materials.
The open staircase, serving as main staircase for the building, connects the different levels of the building creating an atrium in one large compartment. The application of traditional prescriptive fire safety legislation would have made it impossible to implement the envisioned open architectural design. More specifically, the strict legislation with regards to compartmentation cannot be applied to a “box-in-a-box” concept showing a lot of comparison to an atrium.
The application of creative design solutions with regards to fire safety has made it possible to maintain an open architectural design by obtaining the safety goals prescribed by the legislative documents in an alternative way. This project fits perfectly with the upcoming trend to give a new interpretation to little-used historic buildings by designing creatively.
Aerodynamics, Ventilation & Fire in Tunnels 2017
On the 13th of september, FESG presented their work on the 17th International Symposium on Aerodynamics, Ventilation & Fire Tunnels (ISAVFT 2017 in Lyon, France). FESG had the opportunity to share knowledge about the state of the art in tunnel’s ventilation. There were many interesting topics, including: Interaction between designers and fire services New energy carriers and how to implement them in fire risk analysis Interaction between ventilation and suppression in underground structures Optimising ventilation strategies in order to limit evacuation times The conference allowed FESG to be challenged on their methodology and solutions by other world leading experts. This allows FESG to continuously provide its clients with new and cost-effective solutions. The paper was a joint collaboration between…Read more
FESG present at Norwegian Tunnel Safety Conference
On September 7th and 8th, FESG was present at the Norwegian Tunnel Safety Conference in Stavanger, Norway. The design of existing and new tunnels is a welcomed service for the Norwegian market: a large number of tunnels are to be built in the coming years (e.g. 300 km of tunnel on E39 project at the west coast); specific challenges associated with long tunnels (e.g. 27 km) and deep fjords (e.g. 300 m deep) give value to validated calculation tools; more than 1000 existing tunnels need to be analysed by means of risk analyses; a large amount of existing tunnels with bidirectional traffic in single tubes give limited possibilities regarding evacuation; a lot of optimisations possible. After 2 successful days, FESG was asked to give a 2-hour presentation to 40 fire safety engineers of a respected international consultancy. In this presentation,…Read more
Preliminary advice from the fire service for industrial buildings
Did you know that the new planning permission guidelines require preliminary advice from the fire service for class B and class C industrial buildings? The fire service has up to 45 days to respond, which could mean a delay of 45 days to your project. FESG can advise you on the fire class of your project by carrying out a fire load calculation. For many industrial projects, we are able to establish that your building is a fire class A building, in which case preliminary advice from the fire service is not necessary. Determining your fire strategy in the early phases also helps to avoid the need for retrospective modifications or delays to your project. If fire safety aspects are only taken into account when the design has been finalised, or after implementation, modifications such as additional compartmentalisation or sprinkler systems will…Read more