2015 Fire and Life Safety Study: Fire and life safety in hospitals, health care facilities

More than half of fire protection engineers specify, design, or make product selections for hospitals and health care facilities. Through the 2015 Fire and Life Safety Study, Consulting-Specifying Engineer identified four key findings on hospital and health care facility projects.


The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Fire and Life Safety Study indicated that 52% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for hospitals and health care facilities—and 78% of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications, 64% supervise or consult on projects, and 58% research and evaluate options. Below are four high-level findings impacting the fire and life safety industry today as they relate to hospital/health care facility projects:

  1. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Fire and Life Safety Study, CFE Media LLCProducts specified: Eight in 10 engineers specify fire, smoke, heat, and linear detection systems for hospitals and health care facilities. Other top products include smoke detection, control systems, and dampers (76%); fire alarm control panels (61%); and water-based fire suppression systems (60%).

  2. Annual specified products value: The average firm specifies $2,917,208 in total fire and life safety products for new and existing hospitals and health care facilities on a yearly basis. Thirty-three percent of these firms specify more than $3 million in fire and life safety products.

  3. Future critical challenges: The top critical challenges or issues affecting the future of fire and life safety systems in hospitals and health care facilities, according to respondents, are subjective interpretation of regulations by code authorities (78%), code enforcement not understanding new systems (68%), and inadequate budget for good design (67%).

  4. Important design factors: Nine in 10 engineers consider product quality, a manufacturer’s reputation, and service support to be very important factors that lead to their selection of fire and life safety systems for hospitals and health care facilities. Other important factors include previous experience with a manufacturer (85%), a manufacturer’s complete product series or system capabilities (84%), and a product’s technical advantage (83%).

View more information at www.csemag.com/2015FireLifeSafety.

Amanda Pelliccione is research director at CFE Media.

Product of the Year
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
40 Under Forty: Get Recognized
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
MEP Giants Program
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
November 2018
Emergency power requirements, salary survey results, lighting controls, fire pumps, healthcare facilities, and more
October 2018
Approaches to building engineering, 2018 Commissioning Giants, integrated project delivery, improving construction efficiency, an IPD primer, collaborative projects, NFPA 13 sprinkler systems.
September 2018
Power boiler control, Product of the Year, power generation,and integration and interoperability
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
Data Center Design
Data centers, data closets, edge and cloud computing, co-location facilities, and similar topics are among the fastest-changing in the industry.
click me