What is Fire Protection Engineering?

Fire protection engineering is defined as “the application of science and engineering principles to protect people and their environments from the destructive effects of fire and smoke.” On relatively straightforward projects, compliance with prescriptive building and fire codes may provide acceptable levels of fire safety. On more complex projects, a comprehensive examination of building fire safety issues is normally needed.

Building fire safety may comprise:

  • Prescriptive code compliance
  • Performance-based code alternatives
  • Fire prevention programs
  • Automatic fire detection systems
  • Occupant notification systems, including voice alarm
  • Mass notification systems (for non-fire emergencies)
  • Automatic fire suppression, including fire sprinklers
  • Building compartmentation and structural fire resistance ratings
  • Means of egress (protected escape routes)
  • Fire department/emergency responder access and operations
  • And more!

A fire protection engineer can actually help to reduce project cost while achieving the same (or better) level of fire protection and life safety. Call or email UFPE to learn more.