Fire safety design is an essential design consideration, as a key member of advanced analysis team in WSP group, the author has been working on the structural fire design of the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. I particularly understand the importance of the fire safety design. When the accident of Grenfell Tower occurred, I was invited by the website The Conversation to write an article about the fire safety design, I expressed my concerns about the old buildings such as the Grenfell Tower. Most of the current guidelines across the world contain detailed design requirements for fire safety such as evacuation routes, compartmentation, and structural fire design. However, most old buildings do not conform to the latest guidelines for fire safety design, they become particularly vulnerable when fire happens.
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