Certification of a fire safety design using verified calculation methods
FROM ISO TRAINING MATERIAL FOR ISO/IEC TR 17032
Certification of fire safety designs in accordance with ISO standards
Nuclear safety regulation and building fire codes require that fire safety devices such as sprinklers and fire barriers be certified for performance by independent laboratories in accordance with ISO standards. The number and location of the devices are generally prescribed in the regulation or fire code. Presently fire safety engineering (FSE) is used to specify or replace the devices required in the regulation. This FSE process should also be certified by an independent and impartial body since it is used to substitute requirements in regulation.
An ISO standard, ISO/IEC TR 17032:2019, Guidelines and examples of a scheme for the certification of processes, has been developed and available for the certification of processes such as fire safety engineering. Monideep Dey served as a US expert representing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the ISO working group which developed ISO/IEC TR 17032:2019. Dr. Dey developed a specific annex (A.8) in ISO/IEC TR 17032 which specifies its use for certifying alternate fire safety designs based on fire safety engineering. A critical element of the fire safety engineering process is the verification and validation of fire calculation methods. Dr. Dey was elected by his international colleagues to be a Convenor in the ISO technical committee for fire safety. As Convernor, he led the effort to developISO 16730-1:2015:Fire safety engineering — Procedures and requirements for verification and validation of calculation methods. ISO 16730-1:2015 is critical in the certification process of a fire safety design since fire calculations are a center piece of the process. Prevention of faulty safety designs can be assured through the use of calculation methods that are certified by an independent and impartial 3rd party, as specified by the ISO standard.
See the full list of fire safety publications by Monideep Dey that demonstrate his experience in standards and certification, and prolonged efforts to develop reliable methods for fire safety calculations. The videos illustrate the importance of the verification and validation of fire safety calculation methods, and also the benefits of using certification methods developed by ISO.