A new report, "Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings" was recently published by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The report was authored by Brian Meacham, Brandon Poole, Juan Echeverria and Raymond Cheng, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Many new commercial facilities are being designed and constructed with an objective of achieving a “green building” certification. There are many sustainable building features and products that singly or together may have an impact on fire safety unless there is a design approach which mitigates those effects. The Foundation commissioned this study to develop a baseline of information on the intersection of “green building” design and fire safety and to identify gaps and specific research needs associated with understanding and addressing fire risk and hazards with green building design.