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Fire from First Principles

A Design Guide to International Building Fire Safety, 4th Edition

By Paul Stollard


208 pages

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Fire safety is a fundamental requirement of any building, and is of concern to several professions which contribute to the construction process. Following on from the success of the previous three editions, Paul Stollard has returned to update and expand this classic introduction to the theoretical basis of fire-safety engineering and risk assessment.

Avoiding complex calculations and specifications, Fire From First Principles is written with architects, building control officers and other construction professionals without fire engineering backgrounds in mind. By tackling an overview of the factors which contribute to fire risk, and how building design can limit these, the reader will gain a fuller understanding of the science behind fire regulations, safe design, and construction solutions.

All regulations content is fully updated, and has been expanded to cover the USA and China as well as the UK. Ideal for students of architecture and construction subjects, as well as practitioners from all built environment fields learning about fire safety for the first time.

Table of Contents

Introduction Glossary of Fire Terms 1. Theory 2. Prevention 3. Communication 4. Escape 5. Containment 6. Extinguishment 7. Assessment 8. Information 9. A Brief Overview of the Building Regulatory System in the United States 10. Legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards in Hong Kong and Mainland China

About the Author

Paul Stollard is an architect and chartered fire engineer who has worked in this field for over 30 years. He is a former Director of Abrahams Stollard Ltd, and has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Building Standards Agency and Regional Director for Scotland and Northern England with the Health and Safety Executive. He received the ‘Peter Stone Award’, the highest individual award given annually by the Association of Building Engineers for his work on fire engineering and building standards.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General