Fire Safety Design

What will I learn?
Key pieces of legislation along with methods for identification and quantification of hazard and risk as well the strategic approaches to fire safety design will be reviewed. The engineering design of specific fire safety systems such as: means of escape, detection and warning, emergency lighting, smoke control and fire extinguishing will be presented and the main sources of more detailed information and guidance will be identified and reviewed. By necessity the course concentrates mainly on buildings; however, the principles presented are applicable to other systems.You’ll also work through example calculations and design problems.

How will I benefit?
The course will give you a structured, organised and comprehensive framework for fire safety and building fire protection design. On completion of the course you should be in a position to make a significant contribution in the design of appropriate fire safety systems for a fairly complex building or structure. A full copy of the Building Regulations, Approved Document B will also be provided if you attend the first day of the course.

This course also forms part of an MSc Masters programme (full time or part time) in Fire and Explosion Engineering.

The 2019 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2018 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

Day One: Means of Escape/Human Behaviour in Fires/UK and New EU Testing Standards

  • Regulatory Framework
  • Introduction to compartment fires
  • Means of escape
  • Human behaviour in fire - basic principles, modelling and design
  • Travel time as an alternative to travel distance
  • Testing standards

Day Two: Detection and Warning Systems, Emergency Lighting and Structural Protection

  • Hospital fire safety strategies
  • Detection and warning systems with case studies
  • Identifying emergency exit routes using directional sound
  • Aspects of passive fire protection in building design
  • Emergency lighting
  • Alarm systems and sound level calculation

Day Three: Smoke Control Systems (Ventilation and Pressurisation)

  • Smoke production and methods of control
  • Smoke control using applied airflows and pressure differentials
  • Smoke control for atria and large enclosures
  • The spill plume in smoke control design
  • Ventilation of enclosed car parks and loading bays with impulse fans
  • Smoke control by dilution
  • Other fire engineered design examples
  • Hand calculation examples of smoke control

Day Four: Extinguishing installations - sprinkler and CO2 systems

  • Automatic sprinkler protection systems
  • Sprinkler system design calculations
  • Carbon dioxide suppression systems
  • Developing technologies for fire suppression

Day Five: Fire Safety Engineering (Risk Assessment)

  • Qualitative fire risk assessment (Fire Safety Order)
  • Qualitative design review (QDR)
  • Quantitative fire risk assessment
  • Questions and answers session

This course is for you if you’ve recently been given responsibility in fire safety and if you’re looking for structured and comprehensive guidance on the fundamentals of fire safety design methods and approved practices. It will be of particular relevance if you’re:

  • an architect
  • a building technologist
  • a building surveyor
  • a quantity surveyor
  • a building control officer
  • an estate manager
  • a fire officer
  • a loss adjuster
  • a loss assessor
  • an insurer
  • a company fire safety officer
  • a Health and Safety Executive staff member
  • a fire consultant.

"A perfect course to learn and understand the regulations for designing and risk assessing of buildings."

"A concise course covering the essentials of fire safety design; delivered by an excellent team of academics and practitioners."

"The course covers competently all aspects of fire protection keeping at all times with the latest standards and technology."

This course has been approved for 33.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

The Energy Institute has approved Leeds University – Faculty of Engineering – as an Approved Training Provider.

Course fees:

Full five days: £TBC

Any one day: £TBC

Fees include: cost of tuition, course materials, lunches, light refreshments, course dinner on date TBC

15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
Otley Road
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

The hotel accommodation preferential rates have now expired, any accommodation requests should be made direct with the hotel and will be subject to availability and rates.​​

Katie Warner + 44 (0)113 343 8104

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Leeds,