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Title: Movable fire load survey for old residential highrise buildings in Hong Kong
Authors: Chow, WK 
Ngan, SY
Lui, GCH 
Keywords: Fire load survey
Fire risk
Highrise buildings
Residential buildings
Issue Date: 2007
Source: WIT Transactions on the built environment, 2007, v. 94, p. 215-222 How to cite?
Journal: WIT Transactions on the Built Environment 
Abstract: The fire safety of existing highrise residential buildings in Hong Kong over thirty-five years old is a concern. These buildings used to have high occupancies but with far fewer fire safety provisions than those specified in current fire codes. To understand the potential fire risk behind the old existing buildings, fire load density should be surveyed first. A sample of eight such old highrise buildings was selected and surveyed. Both fixed and movable fire loads were reviewed. Fire load density was found to be high due to excess storage of domestic fuel. Movable fire load in cage houses is a concern. Four of the eight surveyed buildings have fire load density over the upper limit specified in the code. Fire risks associated with storing too many combustibles were also studied. With such a high content of combustibles, it is more likely that big accidental fires will happen. Finally, occupant loading in each example building was also surveyed. This would provide important information for working out the evacuation strategy.
Description: 2nd International Conference on Safety and Security Engineering, SAFE 2007, 25-27 June 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15528
ISBN: 9781845640682
ISSN: 1743-3509
DOI: 10.2495/SAFE070211
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