UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Fire Severity Outcome Comparison of Apartment Buildings Constructed from Combustible and Non-combustible Materials Zheng, Alex; Garis, Len; Pike, Ian


This study highlighted the importance of safety systems in reducing the severity outcome of a fire and supports the notion that all apartment buildings should have smoke alarms and sprinklers installed, confirm coverage is sufficient, and ensure they are well-maintained. Given the economic and environmental benefits of wood construction, this study also supports the continued use of wood for taller structures. In the form of its limitations, this study also calls to attention the importance of quality and comprehensive data collection in the field, as multiple provinces and a significant number of fire events were excluded due to insufficient or missing data.

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