Common code violations within the MENA region

Despite each country having a robust, region-specific fire and life safety code of practice, we still see many stakeholders within the industry violating codes during a building’s construction phase. Our team of engineers have identified three of the most common code violations:

Stair pressurisation

Stair pressurisation is a key factor in a building’s safety, and the pressure must remain positive in the event of a fire to stop smoke from entering the staircase. During final inspections, we often find there is either negative pressure, which results in smoke filling the staircase, or overpressure, which makes it impossible to open fire exit doors.

Fire system testing

Testing all fire safety systems is imperative if a building is to adhere to the relevant country code, but it takes time and can be challenging if there are time constraints. Carrying out tests, such as to ensure the correct pressurisation of staircases, in high-rise buildings when works are still ongoing on the top floors can be problematic. For example, if the stairwell is in use and fire doors are being opened, this could ultimately affect the test.

Fire stopping

Fire stopping is another area of concern. Our main objective is to stop a fire from spreading. For example, if there is a pipe penetrating a fire-rated wall, it must be sealed with an approved fire collar to ensure the wall will remain sealed should the pipe melt. The UAE Fire and Life Safety Code states all fire stopping must be labelled and approved by a certified fire engineer. However, this is often overlooked due to lack of expertise or efforts to achieve potential cost savings.

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