Fire safety codes for Hong Kong: Inadequacy for atrium design

Wan Ki Chow, Ling Tim Wong

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The fire safety codes for buildings in Hong Kong are reviewed in terms of building type, building interior layout, construction materials, occupancy levels, circulation patterns, access and escape routes, fire detection and firefighting systems. The fire safety codes are valid only for traditional buildings in Hong Kong. Following these codes in modern buildings might lead to 'over-design' or to providing safety systems which are not workable in case of fire. The prescriptive approach is found to be insufficient to design fire safety for an atrium. It is timely to review the fire codes, to identify and revise those parts which are not workable. The possibility of implementing engineering performance-based fire codes is discussed. The fire safety requirements in atria are taken as an illustrative example. An engineering approach to designing fire safety is strongly advocated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalBuilding Services Engineering Research and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction


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