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Bosher, L, Dainty, A, Carrillo, P, Glass, J and Price, A (2007) Integrating disaster risk management into construction: a UK perspective. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 163–77.

Bowen, P, Pearl, R and Akintoye, A (2007) Professional ethics in the South African construction industry. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 189–205.

Chew, M Y, Conejos, S and Law, J S L (2017) Green maintainability design criteria for nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2) façade coatings. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(02), 139–58.

Enshassi, A, Elzebdeh, S and Mohamed, S (2017) Drivers affecting household residents’ water and related energy consumption in residential buildings. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(02), 159–75.

Fo, P and Skitmore, x (2007) Factors facilitating construction industry development. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 178–88.

Hadidi, L, Assaf, S, Aluwfi, K and Akrawi, H (2017) The effect of ISO 9001 implementation on the customer satisfaction of the engineering design services. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(02), 176–90.

Hopkin, T, Lu, S, Rogers, P and Sexton, M (2017) Key stakeholders’ perspectives towards UK new-build housing defects. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(02), 110–23.

Mahmoud, A S, Sanni-Anibire, M O and Hassanain, M A (2017) Performance-based fire safety evacuation of an auditorium facility using a theoretical calculation method. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 35(02), 124–38.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Auditorium; Building code; Escape; Evacuation time; Fire safety;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 2398-4708
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-11-2016-0027
  • Abstract:
    The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of a theoretical calculation for the emergency evacuation of an auditorium facility managed by a university in Saudi Arabia. Design/methodology/approach The authors reviewed the published literature to identify the sources of fire incidence, guidelines for means of escape in assembly occupancies and human behavior in fire emergencies. The theoretical method of the SFPE handbook to estimate the required evacuation time was subsequently applied to a case study of an auditorium facility managed by a university located in Saudi Arabia. Finally, the authors developed recommendations for the performance-based fire safety evacuation of the auditorium facility under review. Findings The study showed that a total of 6 minutes 39 seconds is needed to evacuate the whole auditorium. However, reviewed literature for assembly occupancies requires between 4 minutes 30 seconds and 6 minutes 24 seconds for total evacuation. Though, the calculated evacuation time is close to generally acceptable limits. It was noted that overcrowding and bottlenecks may be formed in some of the exit routes. Originality/value This paper will stimulate and increase research and industry concern for performance-based design of assembly-type facilities. This will be of significant value to designers, engineers, facilities managers, and owners in ensuring the safety of occupants in assembly-type facilities.

McCormack, M, Treloar, G J, Palmowski, L and Crawford, R (2007) Modelling direct and indirect water requirements of construction. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 156–62.

Mcdougall, J A and Swaffield, J A (2007) Transport of deformable solids within building drainage networks. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 220–32.

Pearlmutter, D, Freidin, C and Huberman, N (2007) Alternative materials for desert buildings: a comparative life cycle energy analysis. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 144–55.

Short, C A and Lomas, K J (2007) Exploiting a hybrid environmental design strategy in a US continental climate. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 119–43.

Soetanto, R, Glass, J, Dainty, A R J and Price, A D F (2007) Structural frame selection: case studies of hybrid concrete frames. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 206–19.