Risk mitigation of post-earthquake fire in urban buildings

Behrouz Behnam*, Martin Skitmore, Hamid Reza Ronagh

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Abstract

Post-earthquake fire (PEF) is considered one of the most high risk and complicated problems affecting buildings in urban areas and can cause even more damage than the earthquake itself. However, most standards and codes ignore the implications of PEF and so buildings are not normally designed with PEF in mind. What is needed is for PEF factors to be routinely scrutinized and codified as part of the design process. A systematic application is presented as a means of mitigating the risk of PEF in urban buildings. This covers both existing buildings, in terms of retrofit solutions, and those yet to be designed, where a PEF factor is proposed. To ensure the mitigation strategy meets the defined criteria, a minimum time is defined-the safety guaranteed time target-where the safety of the inhabitants in a building is guaranteed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-621
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Risk Research
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

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