When taking on the project of restoring an old heritage building, one with specific restrictions as to what can be changed or restored, multiple challenges are quick to surface. One of these challenges is the fire engineering part of the project, which is what this bachelor’s thesis is shedding a light on.
To get the best insight possible, the group used an example building, an old hangar from world war II. It is now being renovated into a modern shopping space and will be hosting several large sized stores. To best understand the various aspects of fire engineering challenges in the hangar building and heritage buildings in general, different sources have been used. Examples are national building laws, local regulations and Norwegian Standards. The group has also conducted interviews with both the entrepreneur on the project and the consulting engineer responsible for the fire safety measures. The Cultural Heritage Management Office and the local Fire Department was also interviewed.
This research helped unveil interesting points of view and to single out the challenges of fire engineering processes. One issue the group came across was the wrongful use of the terminology describing different levels of heritage protection. Other points of discussion were the cooperation between different parties, the need for more fire safety engineers who have the knowledge to take on projects like the hangar, the distribution of responsibilities, and the benefits of CFD analysis.