Fire load survey for offices in a university

Wan Ki Chow, Carmen C.S. Fong, Kenny S.M. Kong

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Fire safety in higher education institutes (HEIs) had not been studied thoroughly in Hong Kong. With so many new materials and products used in furnishing an office, surveying the combustible contents denoted by the fire load density (FLD) is necessary. A field survey on FLD carried out in the offices in a local university will be reported in this paper. Based on the survey, papers and books, furniture, ceiling tiles, carpets and partitions are identified to be the five major types of combustibles. The averaged wood equivalent for single offices is estimated to be 64.15 kg/m2, and that for open plan offices is about 48.74 kg/m2, while the mean value for shared offices is 46.82 kg/m2. Movable fire loads contribute 82 to 95% of the total fire load.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2006


  • Field survey
  • Fire load density
  • Non-industrial workplace
  • Office

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Marketing


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