Fire Safety Design

About the course

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.

Who should attend?

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.


The 2021 course programme will be available approximately three months before the course, in the meantime please see below for the previous course details:

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

  • Aspects of passive fire protection in building design

  • Emergency lighting

  • Alarm systems and sound level calculation

  • Fire Service perspective

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

  • Smoke control by dilution

  • The spill plume in smoke control design

  • Ventilation of enclosed car parks 

  • 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 – background to the legal framework and best practice

  • Practical fire risk assessments – conflicts and resolutions

  • Qualitative design review (QDR)

  • Quantitative fire risk assessment

Fee information

Course fees:

Full five days: £1595

Any one day: £410

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include: cost of tuition, course materials, lunches, light refreshments, course dinner on Monday 19 April 2021

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

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

Leeds – venue to be confirmed



Accommodation details will be available when we confirm the venue for this course

What our delegates say

"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."

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 2494




This course has been approved for 32.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

IFE approval logo for 32.5 hours