Seven trends in fire, life safety

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Fire and Life Safety Study identified seven high-level findings.

03/07/2016


Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Fire and Life Safety Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the fire and life safety industry:

  1. Eight in 10 respondents determine requirements/write specifications for fire and life safety systems. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying EngineerBuilding structures: Building respondents specify, design, or make fire and life safety system product selections for are office buildings (75%), industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses (56%), government buildings/military facilities (49%), and college/university buildings (49%).

  2. Systems specified: Three-quarters of respondents specify or expect to specify detection products—including control systems, dampers, and fire, smoke, heat, and linear detectors.

  3. Systems value: The average total annual dollar amount of fire and life safety systems specified for new and existing systems is $2.2 million.

  4. Challenges: When asked about fire and life safety system design challenges, six in 10 respondents indicated they were challenged by subjective interpretation of regulations by code authorities, inadequate design budget, designing for interoperability and integration of systems, codes and standards, and education as constant hurdles.

  5. Disciplines: Local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) or fire officials have the most input and impact on fire and life safety design, according to 72% of respondents, followed by owners (43%), architects (40%), and electrical engineers (38%).

  6. Design factors: Product quality (70%), service support (47%), and manufacturer’s reputation (42%) were identified as extremely important to respondents when selecting fire and life safety systems.

  7. Experience: The average engineer involved in fire and life safety systems has been in the industry for 23 years.

Access the full 2016 Fire and Life Safety report to view additional key findings.



No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Integrating electrical and HVAC for energy efficiency; Mixed-use buildings; ASHRAE 90.4; Wireless fire alarms assessment and challenges
integrated building networks, NFPA 99, recover waste heat, chilled water systems, Internet of Things, BAS controls
40 Under 40; Performance-based design; Clean agent fire suppression; NFPA 92; Future of commissioning; Successful project management principles
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; VFDs in high-performance buildings
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me