Fire protection in complex buildings

Building for highest safety and security

Urbanisation has increased enormously over the last decades. In Germany, currently about 75 per cent of the population live in cities. Globally, there are more than 63 cities with a population of more than three million. For want of space, the future belongs to high-rise and highly complex structures. Tragic fire incidents have shown in the recent past that especially in such buildings, safe fire protection is important. But which are the directives for such special buildings, and what fire protection do they have to be equipped with nowadays?

The language of the forecasts is clear: Cities are the habitat of the future. In 2008, for the first time, more than 50 percent of people around the world lived in cities. Attractive jobs, efficient mobility structures, varied offerings in leisure, culture and education render life in metropolises more popular than life on the countryside. The construction industry has responded to the increasing demand for centrally located living spaces. Since the late nineteenth century, steel frame construction and the electric lift have caused buildings to rise to the sky. Even in the future, high-rise buildings will remain the best-proven means to deal with the lack of space in cities. In some countries of the world, there seems to be an unannounced competition going on among developers and architects. It is all about the question: Who will break the next height record? The age of skyscrapers and supertall towers is in full swing. But also hybrid use, such as adding extra floors of living space on flat-top roofs, make the buildings not only taller but also highly complex.

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