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Fire suppression in historic buildings
An account of the controversial history of fire suppression as a conservation measure in historic buildings and the increasing acceptance of its benefits in promoting life safety and reducing the damage done by fires to historic building fabric and by conventional firefighting efforts. The article also describes how sprinklers do and do not operate and some situations in which they have been deployed.
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David Gibbon is a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS) and Chartered Building Engineer (MCABE). He is also accredited in Conservation by RICS (RICS Certified Historic Buildings Professional). He has over 35 years of post-qualification experience. He is one of the founding directors of GLM, a firm of chartered building surveyors, architects and project managers based in Edinburgh. The practice undertakes a wide range of alteration, refurbishment, repair and conservation projects to historic, traditional and modern buildings along with pre-acquisition surveys of old, unusual, historic and dilapidated buildings including tenemental buildings in Scotland.