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Fire, life safety in industrial, manufacturing, warehouses

Five findings from the 2019 Fire & Life Safety Study as it relates to industrial, manufacturing facilities and warehouses

By Amanda Pelliccione March 16, 2020
Figure 2: Over the past 12 to 18 months, engineers have been affected by changes to codes and standards, building information modeling, integration and wireless devices/systems when designing/specifying fire and life safety systems for industrial, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Sixty-two percent of engineers specify, design or make product selections for industrial, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, according to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Fire & Life Safety Study — and 88% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing the fire and life safety system specifications for these projects. Below are five fire and life safety system findings as they relate to industrial, manufacturing facility and warehouse projects:

  1. Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $2.7 million annually, on average, in fire and life safety systems for new and existing industrial, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, with 26% specifying more than $3 million.
  2. Fire, life safety systems: Smoke detection, control systems, dampers, etc. (64%); fire, smoke, heat, linear detection (56%); and pipe, piping materials and pumps (51%) are the most common types for fire and life safety systems currently being specified.
  3. Specifications: For industrial, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, performance fire and life safety systems specifications are written 79% of the time, followed by prescriptive (73%) and open: alternate or substitute (53%).
  4. Design factors: When comparing fire and life safety systems for industrial, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, engineers heavily weigh product quality (83%), service support (52%), the manufacturer’s reputation (45%), previous experience with the manufacturer (44%) and warranty (44%).
  5. Challenges: Inadequate budgets (74%), the speed of project delivery (62%) and a lack of young engineers/professionals (60%) are the top challenges engineers face when specifying fire and life safety systems.

Access more fire and life safety trends at www.csemag.com/research. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media.


Amanda Pelliccione
Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.