GA_00 – Revisions_2015
Item No. Provisions Notes

Prescriptive requirements are developed for general use but not for specific purposes. Under certain circumstances, engineering methods can be used to justify certain alternative approaches to resolved fire safety problems. This will motivate designers of building such as architects and engineers to be creative and innovative.

This basic framework is developed in order to guide and assist the stakeholders of the building if they intend to adopt performance based approaches.


The International Fire Engineering Guidelines (IFEG) shall be used to facilitate the development of performance-based solutions for the building. IFEG have been developed to meet the joint needs in U.S.A, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

This guidebook references internationally available standards, guides and associated documents, and use both imperial and SI units throughout. In particular, the guidelines provide guidance for the design and evaluation of alternative solutions (equivalencies) and general performance design.

3.0 The International Fire Engineering Guidelines (IFEG) have been developed:  
3.1 To be used in fire engineering design and evaluations of buildings. However the concepts and principles may also be of assistance in a fire engineering evaluation of other structures such as ships, tunnels that are comprised of enclosed spaces.  
3.2 To provide guidance for fire engineers to design and evaluate fire safety systems to achieved acceptable levels of safety  
3.3 To assume the fire engineer has a level of competence and experience that would enable licensing by the respective nation.  
4.0 The submission of alternative solution to prescriptive requirement shall be at least in two (2) stages:  
4.1 Fire Engineering Brief, and  
4.2 Fire Engineering Final Report  
4.3 The International Fire Engineering Guidelines (IFEG) provides details of each submission  
5.0 The submission shall be prepared and submitted by a fire engineer. The fire engineer must be a professional/registered fire engineer qualified to use engineering approaches for fire safety solutions. The fire engineer must submit his qualification and practicing certificate for CDD review and approval before any commencement of formal submissions.  
6.0 The Register Architect and Engineer shall incorporate the required elements generated by the Fire Engineer in their respective plans after the Fire Engineering Final Report is approved.  
7.0 All aforementioned professionals shall be responsible for supervision of the site works to ensure that all design intents are executed.  
8.0 Building owner shall also acknowledge at the completion of the development that they are responsible for all the required maintenance works including hose arising from the performance-based approaches. In the event the building is sold, it is the owner’s responsibility to hand over all relevant information and documents to the buyer.