Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Building Fire Safety

Overall Course Objectives

To obtain knowledge of fire safety engineering with a focus on the regulations in Denmark. The focus is on both life safety and securing of building and other assets.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the valid regulations in the domain of fire safety engineering
  • Differentiate projects to be designed according to the building regulative system, from projects according to the rules established by the emergency management act
  • Select the right category of application and fire class for a project
  • Explain methods for active and passive fire safety
  • Evaluate and select appropriate fire test methods for building materials
  • Explain principles of detection and suppression of fires
  • Analyse the evacuation safety level in a building, based on a comparison of RSET and ASET
  • Review tenability criteria for fire
  • Make a calculation of the evacuation of a building
  • Perform timeline analysis for a fire scenario that is deemed relevant
  • Perform a simple risk analysis

Course Content

– Injuries after a building fire
– The fire regulations in Denmark
– Performance based codes
– Fire tests and classification
– Basic fire dynamics properties
– Fire properties of common buildings materials
– Active and passive fire safety systems
– Evacuation analysis
– Fire safety analysis and planning of building projects
– Fire risk assessment
– Sustainable fire safety design
– Fire modeling

Recommended prerequisites

The student should possess engineering knowledge about buildings and building elements, and be capable of performing computations requiring university level mathematics.

Teaching Method

Lectures and Exercises


Book: Fire-safety Engineering and performance-based Codes
(Polyteknisk forlag. ISBN: 978-87-502-0992-8)

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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41931
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Tues 13-17

7.500,00 DKK