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Simon Lay
Director, WSP Fire, London
"Don’t be Scared of Performance Based Design"

A fear of fire is natural, and fire & life safety design is a fundamental constraint on the design of tall buildings. This paper will discuss how the adoption of an alternative, performance based approach can turn fire and life safety design into an opportunity which can support sustainable design, rather than block it. The paper will focus on the opportunities that exist for city scale developments to adopt alternative design protocols to ensure that their citizens will have a safe and sustainable future. The barriers to alternative design approaches to fire and life safety will be discussed, the benefits of alternative approaches presented and examples of how this can be applied to a city wide planning process and design guidelines for individual projects.

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