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Leading fire safety expert says more could be done to protect buildings in blazes

Fire Safety Development Group (FSDG) chairman Mike Wood has called on the industry to go beyond building regulations when designing for fire to account for the economic consequences of blazes.
'There needs to be increased focus on property protection and the sustainability aspects of fire in addition to the life safety aspects which are the prime target for building regulations,' said Wood.'When we consider the growing complexity of the built environment, and the unpredictability of fire, then the wider economic impact of fire should be given more consideration.'At present, the construction industry, in every city, is working on high occupancy, multifunctional complex buildings, which include commercial and residential elements, in which the consequences of fire could potentially be horrendous. Such constructions should be regarded as a special category in which the best principles of integrated fire safety design and management need to be closely followed in view of the consequences should fire break out.'FDDG is a consortium of companies dedicated to advancing the case for effective regulation governing fire protection. Wood is also chair of strategy group the Passive Fire Protection Federation and of the Glass and Glazing Federation's Fire-Resistant Glazing Group.

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