Fire safety management in heritage building : a case study

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Fire safety management in heritage building : a case study


Author: Leung, Wai-chung
Title: Fire safety management in heritage building : a case study
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2011
Subject: Historic buildings -- Fires and fire prevention -- China -- Hong Kong.
Fire prevention -- China -- Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Pages: x, 106, [20] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Abstract: Hong Kong has a large number of public and private buildings with crucial historic and cultural features, including former hospitals, factories and barracks etc., which are now unoccupied or are being vacated. Thus, opportunities for preserving these buildings and converting them to appropriate new uses are attracting lively interest throughout the whole building life. One of the ways these buildings can be given a new lease on life is by re-using them for public purposes, a solution that can help satisfy the need for additional space felt both by long-established venue, for example, cultural and arts exhibition centre, which are often allocated within temporary accommodations. One of the primary considerations in reusing existing constructions is to ensure where is in safe conditions. For a heritage building, this means protecting the users' safety and well-being while at the same time respecting the building's architectural merits. In Hong Kong, current trends in adopting to re-use the heritage building to another use under the "Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme" for Government-owned historic buildings have been implemented since 2008. Proper implementation of Fire Safety Managemcnt (FSM) is considerate a long term and continuous solution in providing total fire safety after the occupants moved in. Currently, there is no strict legal liability for the building owners to implement FSM, as some terms in fire safety are not yet clearly defined. Under the Fire Services Ordinance (Cap. 95), building occupants are usually prosecuted for blocking of escape routes. However, this is only a small portion of the maintenance schedule under housekeeping. Other aspects such as fire prevention, staff training, fire and emergency action and maintenance plan are not yet enforced in most premises, except for some licensed and registered premises. This thesis aims to exam one selected heritage building now using of education institution in executing FSM and give some recommendations in the case.

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