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Posted on April 19, 2013

Fire Protection for Historic Buildings, Part One

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:

  • An assessment of the building, which includes both a historic building assessment and a fire safety assessment
  • An evaluation of the objectives and selection of proposed solutions
  • A review of the proposed solutions
  • Implementation

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.

Fire Safety Retrofitting – Important Considerations

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:

  • Fire protection system designs must balance the need to protect life and property with the overall preservation objectives
  • They must have the flexibility to apply and adapt fire safety codes or risk reduction requirements to achieve both the safety and historic preservation objectives.
  • Fire protection systems must also resolve conflicts between fire safety and historic preservation objectives creatively and flexibly

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.

We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:

  • Alvin
  • Angleton
  • Austin
  • Baytown
  • Beaumont
  • Bellaire
  • Clute
  • Conroe
  • Deer Park
  • Dickinson
  • Freeport
  • Friendswood
  • Galena Park
  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Humble
  • Huntsville
  • Jacinto City
  • Katy
  • La Marque
  • La Porte
  • Lake Charles, LA
  • Lake Jackson
  • League City
  • Missouri City
  • Orange
  • Pasadena
  • Pearland
  • Port Arthur
  • Richmond
  • Rosenberg
  • San Antonio
  • Schulenburg
  • South Houston
  • Stafford
  • Sugar Land
  • Texas City
  • The Woodlands
  • Victoria
  • Waco
For more information, contact us online or call us now at (713) 893-1090.
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