The primary goal of fire protection in buildings is to preserve life safety. A secondary goal is to protect property and safeguard the environment. These goals are achieved by:
Providing safe means of escape, or safe refuge, for the occupants in the event of a fire.
Designing the building to limit the progress and speed of fire and smoke in the event of a fire
Steel framed structures have historically performed well in fires. Protection is often accomplished through a combination of active and passive fire protection methods.
Under current building codes many steel framed structures require only active (sprinkler) fire protection eliminating the need for spray on passive protection.
We encourage you to explore the identified resources and to discuss fire protection issues related your project with an advisor in the Steel Solutions Center at 866.ASK.AISC or firstname.lastname@example.org.