Understanding the Core: Part 2

Curtis S.D. Massey introduces the second installment in this series with "Techniques of Stairwell Operations And Utilizing Building Services In High-Rise Commercial Fires".


As stated in the first installment of this article, in any high-rise fire, it is vitally important to understand everything there is to know about the area from which most operations will be originating – the core. This installment continues an examination of characteristics, features and oddities...


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As stated in the first installment of this article, in any high-rise fire, it is vitally important to understand everything there is to know about the area from which most operations will be originating – the core. This installment continues an examination of characteristics, features and oddities of core configurations and their performance during fires, including stack effect. The information is based on office buildings with two primary exit stairwells – the most common configuration in properties with small to medium-sized floor plates.