Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Fire and Life Safety Study
Eight key findings for the fire and life safety industry
Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Fire and Life Safety Study identified eight important high-level findings impacting the fire and life safety industry today:
- Building structures: The top building structures respondents specify, design, or make fire and life safety system product selections for are office buildings (68%), industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses (60%), and government buildings/military facilities (55%).
- Involvement: Three-quarters of respondents determine requirements/write specifications for fire and life safety systems.
- Systems specified: More than 70% of respondents specify or expect to specify detection products—including control systems, dampers, and fire, smoke, heat, and linear detectors.
- Systems value: The average total annual dollar amount of fire and life safety systems specified for new and existing systems is $1.9 million, a 12% decrease from 2014.
- Challenges: When asked about the challenges to fire and life safety system design and specifications, 65% or more indicated subjective interpretation of regulations by code authorities, inadequate design budget, and AHJ or code enforcement not understanding new systems as constant hurdles.
- Disciplines: Local AHJs or fire officials have the most input and impact on fire and life safety design, according to 65% of respondents, followed by owners (40%), architects (35%), and the electrical engineer (35%).
- Design factors: Product quality (70%), service support (50%), and manufacturer’s reputation (45%) were identified as extremely important to respondents when selecting fire and life safety systems.
- Experience: The average engineer involved in fire and life safety systems has been in the industry for 21 years.