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8 October 2019 Converting older buildings into housing is a hot topic for fire safety
The City of Johannesburg has announced an ambitious plan to convert 500 dilapidated buildings into affordable accommodation over a two-year period to stem a critical housing shortage. However, repurposing or...
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12 September 2019 Businesses that ignore fire safety likely to have the heat turned up
Businesses that experience significant damage due to fire – such as the loss of warehousing space, equipment, or stockholding – struggle to regain their competitive advantage. This is why it is critical for all...
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30 August 2019 CCFM interview with ASP-Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discussing fire prevention
A discussion about the fire that broke out at the University of Stellenbosch residence, here to unpack the incidence is ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk, also known as the fire safety expert. Michael says the fire...
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16 August 2019 Student accommodation calls for more stringent fire-safety measures
Fire-safety requirements for student accommodation are by nature more onerous than other building types. This warning from ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk comes in the wake of the fire that gutted the iconic Huis...
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12 August 2019 ASP Fire ensures container homes comply with fire-safety regulations
Repurposing shipping containers for residential dwellings is a new trend in Cape Town. However, it is important to note that so-called container homes still need to comply with all building and fire-safety...
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19 July 2019 ASP Fire offers complete solutions for highly hazardous environments
From concentrated solar power (CSP) systems to oil-seed extraction plants, printing plants, and even explosives manufacturing facilities, fire engineering specialist ASP Fire offers a range of solutions for highly...
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21 May 2019 SA fire-protection regulatory framework still immature, warns ASP Fire
Buildings that accommodate large numbers of the public are often not designed with specific occupant characteristics in mind. Shoppers are often unfamiliar with the layout of the emergency escape paths and are...
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4 April 2019 Fire safety in buildings must integrate sprinklers with smoke control
Automatic sprinklers and smoke-control ventilation systems are not incongruous. However, they must be designed explicitly with each other in mind when approaching a fire-safety system design for a building.
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14 March 2019 The role of architectural review in rational design
The qualitative review under rational design includes an architectural review, fire-safety objectives, fire hazards and risks, trial fire-safety designs, and worst-case fire scenarios for analysis. For example,...
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25 February 2019 Load shedding calls for essential genset maintenance, warns ASP Fire
Back-up power supply such as gensets becomes critical during load shedding. It is important that such important equipment is maintained properly and serviced regularly in order to be able to cope with extended...
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