Historic building fire protection presents challenges not seen in other buildings. In protecting the significant historic features, two principles must interact: first, the installation and operation of fire safety and suppression devices should have minimal impact on the historic features, and second, these systems and devices should provide maximum protection for the historic features.
The process for a successful fire protection system retrofitting in a historic building involves four steps:
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about each of these four steps in detail. Before we start, however, we’re going to talk about some of the most important considerations to be made for historic building fire safety.
When designing fire safety systems for historic building features, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the ultimate goal of fire protection is protecting life. Within this context, protection and preservation of significant features can be accomplished by applying the following standards:
The complexity of retrofitting historic properties for fire safety varies based on fire safety systems and the historic significance of the building. The more significant the historic feature and the more fire safety risks present, the greater the complexity is in achieving these standards. Since each project has its own unique issues of preservation and fire safety, it is vital that your fire protection professionals utilize a design process that will successfully integrate the contemporary needs of fire safety into the building with minimal effect on the significant historic features.
Kauffman Co. fire protection professionals have the skills and expertise to install and maintain fire protection systems in historic buildings. To retrofit a historic building in the Houston, TX, call Kauffman Co. today.
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