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Planning and Concepts The Singapore Fire Safety Engineering Guidelines (SFEG) Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has developed a set of local fire engineering guidelines for reference by the Fire Safety Engineers (FSEs) to facilitate their work in performance-based (PB) fire safety engineering design. This article presents these guidelines and Singapore’s performancebased plan approval process. Nicholas Lee 10-storey retail mall featuring a complicated atriumdesign that prohibits the installation of smoke curtains. Source: www.phil.my The fire safety standards for buildings in Singapore are governed by the Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings commonly known as the Fire Code. The Fire Code is used by Qualified Persons (QPs) in design of fire safety works in buildings. Fire safety works that are designed in accordance with the prescribed requirements in the Fire Code are known as prescriptive-based fire safety design. In July 2004, the SCDF offered the building industry an alternative approach to designing fire safety works in buildings i.e. one that is based on fire engineering principles. Such an approach is also This article is based on the presentation by Nicholas Lee at the 11th SFPE-Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods (May 2016, Warsaw, Poland). commonly known as performance-based fire safety engineering design, where only Fire Safety Engineers who are registered with the SCDF can undertake such designs. Prior to launching Singapore’s PB guidelines, there were several international fire safety engineering guidelines 1 that an FSE can refer to when embarking on PB fire safety engineering design. However, these are generic and do not contain critical design input and output parameters such as design methodology, assumptions, acceptance criteria, design fire sizes, software modelling tools to be used and type of output data required. There is thus the need for FSEs to frequently consult SCDF on these parameters prior to embarking on any detailed PB fire safety engineering design. This takes up much time for both the FSEs and SCDF. SCDF has thus developed a set of local fire engineering guidelines for reference by the FSEs to facilitate their work in PB fire safety engineering design. The performance-based plan approval process For projects embarking on the PB approach (See flowchart for Singapore’s PB plan approval process), the FSE prepares the Fire Safety Engineering Design Brief (FEDB) to be submitted to SCDF for in-principle approval of the proposed fire safety engi 10 FeuerTRUTZ International 2.2016


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