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Planning and Concepts Start Design team seeks consultation with SCDF QP (FSE*) prepares and certifies on plan for prescriptive and fire safety engineering works Peer reviewer to assess plans and documents relating to fire safety engineering works QP or QP (FSE) to submit plans to SCDF for approval together with related documents** SCDF gives approval within 2 working days FSE adress noncompliances / provide clarification to plans & documents and re-submits No In order? SCDF to issue notice of non-compliance to QP (FSE) / QP & FSE Singapore’s Performance-Based Plan Approval Process based root and sub-objectives listed in the Fire Code. Seeking consultation and comments Before launch, the SFEG was tabled at the fire safety policy discussion platform (SCDF Fire Safety Standing Committee) and technical discussion platforms (Fire Code Review Committee) for deliberation. Members from both these platforms are made up of SCDF officers and members representing the various professional institutions. As part of soliciting industry feedback, the SFEG was also circulated to all SCDF registered FSEs for public comments. Structure of the Singapore Fire Safety Engineering Guidelines The SFEG is categorised into two main parts, namely (i) Design fundamentals and assumptions such as what design fires to adopt and where to measure tenability limits and (ii) methods of assessment of common deviations from fire code requirements. These common deviations are selected based on the PB submissions to SCDF in the past 10 years. Part 1 – Fundamentals and design assumptions The main items discussed are: Fire scenarios: The fire scenarios represent the worst-case credible fire risks that the design would need to cater for. Available Safe Egress Time (ASET): This is the calculated time interval between the time of ignition of a fire and the time at which conditions become such that the occupant is estimated to be incapacitated (ie, unable to take effective action to escape to a place of safety). Required Safe Egress Time (RSET): Time required for escape. This is the calculated time period required for an individual occupant to travel from their location at the time of ignition to a place of safety. Marked-up drawings: This section captures the details needed to be marked up on plans to be used for presentation purposes. Examples of details include design fire size/ location, location of vent openings, table of deviations, etc. Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Manual: The O&M Manual is prepared by the FSE for the building owner. It documents the latter is not considered in this SFEG as FSEs have been adopting deterministic approach in their PB fire safety engineering designs. As far as possible, the SFEG should be applicable and relevant to all PB fire safety engineering References FSE submits the FEDB to SCDF for In-Principle Approval QP prepares the plan and certifies on prescriptive works while FSE certifies on fire safety engineering works End SCDF conducts audit * QP (FSE) refers to QP who is also a registered FSE ** Related documents refer to FEDB, FER, O&M and Peer Reviewer Report Yes Source: SCDF design approaches, which are methodologies adopted by FSEs to justify that their design can still meet relevant life safety criteria. The methodologies in the SFEG would need to be congruent with the performance- 1 These guidelines are reference documents that state design principles and design objectives. Some examples used by FSEs include the SFPE Engineering Guide toPerformance-Based Fire Protection, BS7974: Application of Fire Safety Engineering principles to the Design of Buildings, ISO 13387: Application of the Fire Performance Concepts to Design Objectives and the International Fire Engineering Guidelines. 2 SCDF officers assessing PB fire safety engineering design all possess Masters Degrees in fire safety engineering in addition to possessing a basic engineering or technical degree. 3 A RI is a person who is registered under the Fire Safety Act to be qualified and competent to inspect fire safety works in buildings that were submitted by the QPs to ascertain the degree of compliance of fire safety requirements. 4 The committee comprises the Institute of Engineers, Singapore (IES), Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), Singapore, Association of Consulting Engineers, Singapore (ACES) and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Singapore Chapter (SFPE). 12 FeuerTRUTZ International 2.2016


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