Movable fire load survey for old residential highrise buildings in Hong Kong

Wan Ki Chow, S. Y. Ngan, Che Heng Gigi Lui

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The fire safety of existing highrise residential buildings in Hong Kong over thirty-five years old is a concern. These buildings used to have high occupancies but with far fewer fire safety provisions than those specified in current fire codes. To understand the potential fire risk behind the old existing buildings, fire load density should be surveyed first. A sample of eight such old highrise buildings was selected and surveyed. Both fixed and movable fire loads were reviewed. Fire load density was found to be high due to excess storage of domestic fuel. Movable fire load in cage houses is a concern. Four of the eight surveyed buildings have fire load density over the upper limit specified in the code. Fire risks associated with storing too many combustibles were also studied. With such a high content of combustibles, it is more likely that big accidental fires will happen. Finally, occupant loading in each example building was also surveyed. This would provide important information for working out the evacuation strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Security Engineering II
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event2nd International Conference on Safety and Security Engineering, SAFE 2007 - , Malta
Duration: 25 Jun 200727 Jun 2007


Conference2nd International Conference on Safety and Security Engineering, SAFE 2007


  • Fire load survey
  • Fire risk
  • Highrise buildings
  • Residential buildings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Science Applications

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