Our fire engineering evaluation assesses aspects of your building’s external facade such as the approval pathway, relevance to external fire spread considerations and compatibility with the building’s fire strategy. Using this information, plus test data from the cladding material, we provide a building fire safety risk assessment report. We then complete the fire engineer statement required for building owners to fulfil their regulatory requirements.
Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment
- Review approval pathway and as-constructed documentation
- Analyse cladding material test results
- Assess compatibility of the existing fire strategy and provide recommended actions
- Complete building fire safety risk assessment and fire engineer statement
Review Approval Pathway And As-Built Documentation
Our team will determine the basis for the building approval and whether a performance-based solution was used. Where available, we will review as-constructed drawings, manufacturer’s data sheets, facade specifications and fire engineering reports which may be available to determine if details exist for cladding materials used in the external facade. If no fire testing report is available, we will carry out sampling and perform testing of the external cladding materials to determine the products combustibility.
It is possible to exit the combustible cladding checklist (part 3) process if the building has an approved performance solution which addresses relevant considerations for fire spread in the external facade.
Analyse Cladding Material Test Results
After sampling and testing the external wall cladding (see Cladding Material Sampling and Combustibility Testing), we analyse the test data to assess the likely combustibility for the building’s external cladding panels along with any backing insulation or sarking products. Based on results of the laboratory analysis and the building’s fire safety strategy, the fire risk due to an external building fire can be determined and the building fire safety risk assessment report prepared. This quantitative fire risk assessment allows for recommendations to advise building owners on the best way forward.
It is possible to exit the combustible cladding checklist (part 3) process if the building’s external facade will not contribute to the defeat of the building’s fire strategy.
Assess Compatibility Of The Existing Fire Strategy And Provide Recommended Actions
Where the building’s fire strategy is incompatible with the cladding materials used in the external facade, the recommendation will be made to undertake further fire engineering assessment and, depending on the perceived risk of fire spreading across the building elevations, essential interim risk mitigations may also be identified.
Complete Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment And Fire Engineer Statement
To allow you to complete your regulatory obligations, we provide you with the completed building fire safety risk assessment report, including any combustibility assessment results for the cladding material, and the signed fire engineer statement.
Our building fire safety risk assessment provides building owners with a preliminary understanding for identified fire risks and safety concerns associated with the combustible cladding material used on the building.