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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeGVE2019
  • Number of pages218
  • Publication DateJun 2019
  • ISBN9781912034291

GVE2019 CIBSE Guide E: Fire safety engineering


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GVE2019 CIBSE Guide E: Fire safety engineering

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This fourth edition of CIBSE Guide E: Fire safety engineering is a fully updated version of the third edition which was published in 2010. The entire text of every chapter has been carefully reviewed.

As with the third edition a concerted effort has been made to provide information that can be used internationally. These references include codes, standards and guidance from the USA that are frequently used in the Middle East and Asia.

Fire safety engineering can mean many things to many people and covers a wide range of levels of knowledge and competence as well as a diverse range of activities of which developing a package of measures having the objective of reducing the potential for injury, death, property and financial loss to an acceptable level is the area for which this Guide is produced.

At the time this guide was going through the final stages of publication the devastating fire at Grenfell tower in Kensington, London occurred. CIBSE considered that it should provide guidance on the design of building facades for tall buildings using the expertise of fire safety consultants and specialist facade engineers within CIBSE. A new chapter on facade fire safety is included in this guide.

Fire safety engineering is a continually developing art and science and users are advised to maintain a personal regime of professional development and to make use of new standards and techniques that will be introduced after the publication of this Guide.

Institution of Fire Engineers:

The guide "provides a useful concise handbook of fire safety engineering which we know is of proven value to professional fire engineers. It is largely based on existing codes and guidance that professional fire engineers will be familiar with, although additional original material has been included where appropriate. The guide necessarily has a strong UK focus, but is intended for a global readership."


Legislation and guidance relating to fire safety is currently undergoing significant changes in the UK and in several other jurisdictions following recent fire events and, in the UK, publication of the 'Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety'. Users of this Guide are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of changes in guidance and legislation that may relate to their work in any jurisdiction, including proposed changes that may have a significant effect on designs currently under development.


Foreword from the Institution of Fire Engineers


1 Introduction

2 Legislation

3 Building designation

4 Performance-based design principles

5 Application of risk assessment to fire engineering designs

6 Fire dynamics

7 Means of escape and human factors

8 Fire detection and alarm

9 Emergency lighting

10 Smoke ventilation

11 Fire suppression

12 Fire resistance, structural robustness in fire and fire spread

13 Firefighting

14 Fire safety management

15 Fire safety on construction sites

16 Fire safety of building facades



Chair: Martin J. Kealy (Chairman) (MKA Fire) 

Steering Committee: John Barnfield (Tenos Fire Safety Engineering), Gary Daniels (Hoare Lea), Chris George (Falck), Roger Harrison (AECOM), Sam Liptrott (Olsson Fire), Andrew Nicholson (The Fire Surgery), Benjamin O’Regan (Qatar Rail), Martin Shipp (BRE), Brent Sutherland (AMEC), Nick Troth (Arup), Martin Weller (Atkins), Peter Wilkinson (Pyrology)

Principal authors: John Barnfield (Tenos Fire Safety Engineering), Gary Daniels (Hoare Lea), Hywel Davies (CIBSE), Andrew Foolkes (Tenos Fire Safety Engineering), Chris George (Falck), Chris Hallam (Hoare Lea), Roger Harrison (AECOM), Danny Hopkin (OFR Consultants), Martin J. Kealy (MKA Fire), Russell Kirby (FM Global), Sam Liptrott (Olsson Fire), Ben McColl (OFR Consultants), Dr Tim Nichols (Tyco Fire Protection), Andrew Nicholson (The Fire Surgery), Benjamin O’Regan (Qatar Rail), James Perry (Olsson Fire), Matt Ryan (The Fire Surgery), Martin Shipp (BRE), Brent Sutherland (AMEC), Nick Troth (Arup), Paul Watkins (Falck), Martin Weller (Atkins), Peter Wilkinson (Pyrology)

Contributors: John Barnfield (Tenos Fire Safety Engineering), Philip Close (Arup), Andrew Foolkes (Tenos Fire Safety Engineering), Benjamin O’Regan (Qatar Rail), Steven Porter (Tenos Fire Safety Engineering), Simon Robinson (WSP)