Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Fire & Life Safety Study: Seven trends that matter to engineers
More than 350 engineers from various job functions related to fire and life safety systems responded to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2014 Fire and Life Safety study. The research tracks the use of fire and life safety products and systems and provides a snapshot of the engineering community’s outlook on such systems. Consulting-Specifying Engineer sees the following as the seven most important high-level findings impacting the fire and life safety industry today:
- Systems specified: More than 70% of engineers responsible for decisions related to the design fire and life safety systems specify detection systems, such as fire and smoke detectors, control systems, and dampers.
- Specifications: 69% of engineering firms are consistently using open fire and life safety systems specifications in which engineering approval and/or explicit brand use is required.
- Challenges: More than 65% of fire and life safety engineers agree that the various ways to interpret regulations and codes is a critical challenge when designing systems.
- Design factors: 98% of engineers rank product quality at the top of their list when selecting one fire and life safety system over another.
- Third-party influence: The need to incorporate the design specifications from local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) has only increased over time. 71% of projects are required to follow the conditions of AHJs, up 11% from 2013.
- Building structures: More than 55% of fire and life safety engineers specify product selections for office buildings, industrial facilities, and government buildings.
- Design value: 44% of engineering firms have specified more than $1 million in fire and life safety systems for new and existing buildings in the past 12 months.