The Fire Code is a living document periodically reviewed by the SCDF to ensure that fire safety standards keep pace with Singapore’s evolving urban landscape and national development. By taking into account the knowledge gleaned from valuable feedback received during consultation sessions with Qualified Persons, dialogues and meetings with other industry professionals, the SCDF ensures that the Fire Code remains relevant to the practices of the building industry and effective in its purpose.
The latest 8th edition of the Fire Code is the result of a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional public-private collaborative endeavour. It adopts an evidence-based and quantitative approach involving literature research, comparative studies, fire tests and the conduct of fire and evacuation modelling. The objective is to make the Code requirements sharper and less onerous through quantitative assessment to manage the risks. Led by the SCDF, the Fire Code Review Committee comprises esteemed representatives from professional bodies, academia and statutory boards. The Committee has contributed immensely and I would like to place on record our appreciation for their assiduous efforts.
In the process of review, we were guided by the need for the Fire Code to be more user-friendly and organised. For instance, over the years, a growing number of appendices were added to the Fire Code in response to new systems, fire safety products and developments being introduced into the building industry. This made referencing complicated as related fire safety requirements were mentioned in both the main sections and appendices of the Fire Code. One of the key changes is the incorporation of the annexes and appendices into the main sections of the Fire Code to avoid confusion on the significance of the annexes and appendices vis-à-vis the main sections of the Code. And to enhance user experience, the 8th edition has been digitised with interactive features that facilitate speedy search and cross-referencing. All users will now have access to web-based information they need anytime, anywhere via the SCDF website.
The editorial team also improved descriptions in the Fire Code to meet the requirements of a variety of users including non-technically trained users. Other aspects of the review include addressing common consultation and waiver issues with a view to mainstream them, as well as permitting the use of new building products, materials, systems and technologies. In doing so, the Fire Code is refreshed to ensure currency and relevance.
Over the years, SCDF and our stakeholders have work closely to maintain a high standard of fire safety in Singapore. We must continue to progress and surpass expectations on public safety. The latest Code is both progressive and pro-enterprise in design with fire safety at the centre.
SCDF is always open to feedback and suggestions on fire safety requirements and I look forward to our stakeholders’ continued support and partnership with the SCDF.
Singapore Civil Defence Force
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR FIRE PRECAUTIONS IN BUILDINGS REVIEW COMMITTEE
The Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings Review Committee comprises the following members:
|Commissioner Eric Yap||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|SAC Christopher Tan||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|Mr Tan Yi Yang||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|Mr Tan Eu Seng, Randy||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|Er Teo Yann||Association of Consulting Engineers, Singapore|
|Er Vincent Han||Association of Consulting Engineers, Singapore|
|Er (Dr) Tran Chi Trung||Building & Construction Authority|
|Ar Tan Lily||Housing & Development Board|
|Ar Jansen Foo Chek Han||Housing & Development Board|
|Er Tham Kwok Leong||Institution of Engineers, Singapore|
|Er Mok Kam Tim, Timmy||Institution of Engineers, Singapore|
|Er Yeow Mei Leng||Institution of Fire Engineers, Singapore|
|Er Yee Poh Kin||Institution of Fire Engineers, Singapore|
|Er Yee Peng Huey||JTC Corporation|
|Mr Kwok Weng Yin||JTC Corporation|
|Er Chiam Boon Hui||Land Transport Authority|
|Mr Liew Ching Boon||Nanyang Technological University|
|Mr Steven Leow||Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore|
|Mr Chan Weng Khoon||Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore|
|Mr Tan Guan Leong, Peter||Urban Redevelopment Authority|
|Mr Chng Seng Yong, Joseph||Singapore Accreditation Council|
|Ar Eng Yew Hoon PBM||Singapore Institute of Architects|
|Ar Song Yew Kee (served till Nov 2016)||Singapore Institute of Architects|
|Mr Heng Chai Liang||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|Mr Lee Wee Keong||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|LTC Choh Choon Jin||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|LTC Goh Boon Han||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|Mr Nicholas Lee||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|Editorial Team:|| |
|CPT Ranneth Tan||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
|CPT Gladis Choo||Singapore Civil Defence Force|
Notice to Users of the Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings 2018
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) reviews the Code of Practice for Fire Safety Precautions in Buildings (Fire Code) regularly to ensure relevance with new developments, such as changes in building construction methods, new/improved building materials, changing building risk profiles, etc..
The SCDF will periodically inform the building industry through circulars on all changes made to the Code, and will update the interactive version of the Code on its website when the changes take effect.