A study on the means of escape design for buildings in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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A study on the means of escape design for buildings in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

 

Author: Chan, Wai-lam
Title: A study on the means of escape design for buildings in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Fire escapes -- China -- Hong Kong
Tall buildings -- China -- Hong Kong -- Fire prevention
Skyscrapers -- China -- Hong Kong -- Fire prevention
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Pages: xi, 81, [40] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1559363
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2437
Abstract: In the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), high-rise buildings were very common. Subsequent to several big fires occurred recently, fire safety for high-rise buildings became a major concern to the public. In existing buildings, evacuation system is one of the measures for providing life safety. Therefore, an effective evacuation system is the major concern of the government officers in approving the design, building designers to construct the buildings, and the people using the building. On the other hand, an efficient and effective fire-fighting and rescue operation by firemen and the fire resisting construction would also affect the evacuation process. In this dissertation, evacuation system design in existing building was studied. The HKSAR's local regulations on Means of Escape (MoE) code, Fire Resisting Construction (FRC) code, Fire Services Installations (FSI) code and the Means of Access (MoA) code for firemen in a building were reviewed. Problems encountered on applying the MoE code to the high-rise buildings in the HKSAR was discussed. Typical floor of a Harmony Block was used to illustrate the concept of existing evacuation design. Furthermore, possibilities of implementing Engineering Performance-Based Fire Code to improve the fire safety provisions were discussed.

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