Course code Arhi3034

Credit points 1

Fire Protection of Buildings

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Architecture and Building

Course developer

author lect.

Valentīns Buiķis

Mg. sc. ing.

Course abstract

Course of study discussed fire safety laws that regulating fire protection. Students are acquainted with the European classification of reaction to fire of building materials, burning process, smoke release, most popular methods for wood and metal constructions fire protection.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course, the student will have an understanding the fire safety systems in the country and related regulatory enactments, fire protection systems in buildings and fire-fighting water supply. After receiving the course, the student acquires the ability to classify the fire resistance of building materials and building constructions, to assess the fire risk. Students acquire a sufficient level of competence to apply knowledge in the fire protection of wood and metal constructions, to reduce the fire risk of heating devices, and to limit the fire hazard in the building. Knowledge: students learn the nature and development of the burning process in buildings, the classification of building materials and building structures. Fire and safety methods of wood and metal construction. Skills: students after the course are familiar with the basic principles of ensuring fire safety of buildings. Knowledge will be used in practical work. Competences: after listening to the course, students will be competent to distinguish building material fire reaction by labeling. Student knowledges are assessed at the end of lectures by asking control questions and jointly discussing the most pressing problems, but at the end of the course students' knowledges are assessed with a test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Burning process, conditions required for it, distribution of flames and smoke, fire classes. 2. Fire statistics, fire hazard components. 3. The basic requirements of European Union directive 89/106 for fire safety. 4. Classification of building materials according to standard LVS EN 13501-1. 5. Classification of building structures according to the standard LVS EN 13501-2. 6. Fire protection of metal constructions. 7. Fire protection of wooden constructions and related standards 8. Capacity building communications for fire and flue gas constraints. 9. Fire hazard of heating devices and systems. 10. Fire safety engineering systems in buildings. 11. Fire fighting equipment in buildings. 12. Fire detection systems. 13. Fire fighting water supply. 14. Automatic fire extinguishing sprinkler systems. 15. Evacuation strategy. 16. Fire safety of historic buildings. Industry news.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Students must attend all lectures, answer the control test questions at the end of the lectures and pass a test at the end of the study course.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent preparation for the test using lecture material and literature.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

To pass the test successfully, 70% of the test questions should be answered correctly.

Compulsory reading

1. Драйздел Д. Введение в динамику пожаров. Москва: Стройиздат, 1990. 2. Мосалков И.Л. и др. Огнестойкость строительных конструкций. Москва: Спецтехника, 2001. 3. Огнезащита материалов, изделий и строителбных конструкций: сборник под ред. И.А. Болодяна, Москва: ВНИИПО, 1999 4. Latvijas būvnormatīvs LBN 201-15 “Būvju ugunsdrošība”.

Further reading

1. Buiķis V. Ugunsgrēku tehniskās izpētes metode. Rīga, 2011. 2. Latvijas būvnormatīvs LBN 231-15 “Dzīvojamo un publisko ēku apkure un ventilācija”. 3. LVS – EN 13501- 1 Būvkonstrukciju un būvelementu klasifikācija pēc to reakcijas uz uguni. 1. daļa: Klasifikācija, pielietojot testēšanas datus no ugunsreakcijas testiem.

Periodicals and other sources

1. 2. “Пожаровзрывобезопасность”, научно-технический журнал. 3. 4. Žurnāls “Būvinženieris”. ISSN 1691-9262.


Optional course for the Professional Higher Education Bachelor's Study Programme “Civil Engineering”; for the Second level professional higher educational programme “Civil Engineering”; for the First level professional higher educational programme “Civil Engineering”