Structural fire engineering

Warringtonfire’s global fire engineering team are able to offer support on all facets of your fire strategy, and an important part of this would be looking at the structural fire engineering.

Structural fire engineering is a technique that calculates the likely fire conditions in each part of a building, relevant to the use of the building, and looks at the impact that would have on the structural elements of the construction. Structural fire engineering can range from offering simple guidance, to complex analysis, helping you to understand how much fire protection is required to achieve structural reliability in event of a fire. Our engaged experts have a wealth of experience in structural fire engineering, they have detailed understanding of fire behaviour, heat transfer and structural response and can help guide you through the whole process.

Why structural fire engineering?

During construction it is important that the structure, whether it is steel, concrete or timber, is designed to be able to achieve an adequate standard of fire resistance. If this is done at the design stage then it will aid evacuation procedures and fire-fighting operations for when the project is in use. Although the Building Regulations are concerned primarily with ‘life safety’, property protection or business continuity may also be important considerations for a particular project.

During the design stage we work closely with the project engineers to ensure that fire safety is built into the design of the structure, where is it required. This approach will save you time and money in the long term and help you to achieve a more innovative approach to building design, allowing in many cases for significant optimisation of the structural fire protection regime. Structural fire engineering is a practical and cost-effective way to assess this aspect of fire safety in large, multi-use buildings, such as sports stadiums and concert venues but structural fire engineering can also be applied to more typical structures such as offices, industrial units, airports, hospitals and shopping centres