Malaysia ΓÇô Performance based fire engineering

Infineon are a large manufacturer of wafers for the computer industry and are building a second plant alongside their existing facility near Penang. The levels combined to form a single fire compartment have a total floor area of 39,450m┬▓ and total volume over 232,000m┬│.

This is a state of the art facility and the necessity for large production areas over several floors as well as their clean room status requires a performance based building solution. Fire Design and Commissioning are modelling the large spaces using a computational fluid dynamics software package to model smoke movement to identify if occupant safety is achieved in the event of a fire.

Of necessity, smoke management is based on control of air pressures and flow and the unique design requires careful attention to detail. Depending on initial results, a process of modelling, discussion of the results and possible changes to the model input based in the mechanical services engineers review is required,.

On completion, the results are presented to the AHJ, Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia, or Bomba.