Are fire safety and sustainability at odds?

February 21, 2018

Most facility managers strive both to keep occupants safe from fires and to limit their building’s impact on the environment, according to an article on the FacilitiesNet website from Building Operating Management magazine.

While not always easy, it’s usually possible to work toward both goals simultaneously. Indeed, some sustainability initiatives complement fire safety efforts, said Brian Koshley, global director of interior architecture with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. 

For instance, cleaning substances that are environmentally responsible should emit fewer hazardous fumes, should a fire occur.

Moreover, fire safety systems, by containing fires, reduce the damage conflagrations can wreak on the facility and surrounding environment. “That definitely helps promote sustainability,” said Victoria Valentine, director of professional qualifications and industry alliances with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.   

Read the article.



See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Safety

Recent Posts
Recent Posts
Focus: Security

Sex offender sues Wis. hospital that won’t let him visit son

The suit argues the hospital's visitation policy is 'cruel and causes unnecessary harm to families and innocent children'


Focus: Security

Security increased at fertility center after freezer malfunction

Officer wearing a bullet-proof vest stationed at the main entrance front desk



Four ways accommodating furniture is making society more inclusive

Providing an accommodating dining experience for those in wheelchairs can be done with adjustable tables


Blog: Focus: HVAC

Customers, research & development are lifeblood of evaporative cooling tower innovations

Customers actively seek energy efficiency, easy installation, low maintenance and operational reliability


Focus: Security

Alaska psychiatric hospital investigated for workplace safety issues

Workplace safety issues and fear of retaliation at Alaska's state-run Alaska Psychiatric Institute will be probed


Post Comment


• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies

All fields are required.