• 23 February 2023
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FIRE SAFETY – from a traditionally conservative sector to a modern sustainable business

The modern environment is flexible and innovative. This allows architects, designers and engineers together to build a more beautiful, more functional, more economical and more environmentally friendly buildings, which, breaking the existing regulatory norms and standards, satisfy increasingly higher targets in terms of sustainability and functionality. The modern environment requires a new approach, new roles and responsibilities, new technological solutions in the field of fire safety and transforms the traditionally conservative sector of fire safety into modern sustainable business.


The modern buildings are built on the principles of sustainable architecture with minimal impact on the environment. The use of new ecological materials in building’s architecture requires an effective fire protection system that can meet the ecological criteria and the strategy for minimizing the harmful impact on the environment.

How does the fire industry respond to the need for environmentally sustainable fire protection solutions?



Efforts to reduce the use of environmentally hazardous extinguishing agents have increased in recent years. Regulatory action worldwide is directed to the use of safer and more sustainable alternatives that meet the ecological standards far into the future.

The modern fire industry develops innovative concepts, solutions and products that aim to create a more sustainable fire protection industry. Such examples are water mist fire extinguishing systems, clean gas extinguishing systems such as systems with the inert gases nitrogen and argon and the chemical agent HFC-227ea (FM-200), as well as the systems with a new generation extinguishing agent FK-5-1-12 (Novec 1230). Compared to traditional fire protection solutions, these products save water and energy, have minimal impact on the environment, they are safe for the people occupying the buildings, and are also a long-term and economically efficient solution for fire protection.

Especially valuable in terms of extinguishing efficiency, environmental properties, safety, compactness, durability and minimal costs for installation and maintenance are the systems with the extinguishing agent FK-5-1-12. These systems are innovative and sustainable fire extinguishing solutions that are designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of fire protection. They provide the optimal use of resources and minimize the impact on the environment. The extinguishing agent FK-5-1-12 is a modern alternative to other clean gaseous agents based on inert gases (IGs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The FK-5-1-12 systems provide significant environmental and economic benefits to the customers. The implementation of these systems provides a framework for sustainability management in the firefighting industry and reveals new trends in fire protection engineering practice.

The modern architectural and building concepts require competent fire safety solutions. And this means necessary for increasing the competence of all those interested in building of sustainable solutions for fire protection – designers, engineers, experts, regulatory authorities, building owners and businesses, users and residents.

Fire safety engineers must participate in the design of buildings

Traditional practices in the field of fire safety are no longer enough to meet the needs of the modern environment in terms of energy sustainability, architectural innovation, structural optimization and more. Fire occurrence in many buildings is an indication of problems in the construction sector based on incompetence or underеstimating of fire safety problems, unwillingness to interact, lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities or regulatory gaps. Currently, the specialists responsible for the design of fire safety of buildings are underestimated in the process of building design and construction. It is necessary to reconsider their role and understand the complexity and responsibility of their activities.

Integrating fire safety engineers in the building design must be seen as part of the framework for sustainability management. This will provide benefits to all stakeholders in the construction sector and contributes to achieving the goals of sustainable development.

Maintaining and developing a high fire safety culture is key

On the other hand, adopting and maintaining a high culture of fire safety is an important element in building reliable fire protection. Fire safety culture is a term describing how fire safety is managed in the workplace and often reflects the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values that managers and employees share in relation to fire safety. It must be accepted fully the need of balance fire protection and effectiveness of workspaces as consider the application of more advanced technology and technical solutions to reduce fire losses, such as advanced automatic equipment for fire alarm and fire extinguishing. It is also necessary to conduct regular trainings for those working on the application of fire safety measures. Losses from fires are preventable and the decision is entirely in the hands of owners, managers and tenants of buildings.

Strict compliance with the requirements of current regulations of fire safety, the application of best international practices in this area, as well as the individual approach in implementing and managing reliable fire protection is a guarantee for the sustainability of each building and business process. Creating, developing and promoting a high fire safety culture is a prerequisite for a reliable safety management system, and this means greater profitability and productivity for every business and every organization.


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