Alternative approaches to address building modifications and compliance for fire safety
Under the Singapore Fire Safety Act, it is mandatory that all fire safety works must be submitted by the Qualified Person (QP) in compliance with the prevailing Fire Code. In circumstances whereby there is any non-compliance that may be due to inadequate provisions, existing site constraints or other unforeseen factors, a waiver application must be submitted to SCDF (AHJ) for approval.
SCDF has permitted a list of non-compliances that need fire engineering assessment to be carried out by a registered Fire Safety Engineer (FSE) in support of the waiver application to be submitted by the Qualified Person (QP).
Unlike full performance-based design submission process whereby Fire Engineering Design Brief (FEDB) and engagement of 3rd Party Peer Reviewer is necessary, Fire Engineering Assessment + Waiver Application is an alternative quicker waiver submission platform to address certain deviations that require fire and smoke assessment involving CFD modelling and Evacuation Modelling.
With the prevailing building codes and standards changing to address new technologies and market trends, existing buildings may be outdated or deemed to be non-compliant during the stage of upgrading. Innovative fire safety engineering designs for existing buildings are therefore required to ensure continuity and code compliance.
Through in-depth knowledge of prescriptive and performance-based approaches, SHEVS can provide the most appropriate and effective Fire Engineering Assessment to seal the gaps for code compliance.
Find out more >> SCDF Circular – Conduct Of Fire Engineering Assessment In Support Of Fire Safety Waiver Application