Building Department, Fire Standards Division

Aim of the Division

The Fire Standards Division performs research on fire properties of building materials, fire resistance of structural elements, smoke movement and control, and evacuation in order to investigate various phenomena associated with fires. Introduction of performance-based fire safety standards and developments of methods to evaluate fire safety performance of structures, evacuation, and other requirements are within the scope of the division mission.

Research challenges

Introduction of performance based fire safety standards
The revision to the Building Standard Law of 1998 introduced performance based standards replacing the past prescriptive standards for fire safety. It is also developing simplified engineering methods of verifying conformity with performance based standards and is working to develop new performance based standards.

Conformity with international standards
Building regulations enacted in various countries are non-tariff barriers that obstruct the international trade in building materials. The division is cooperating actively with efforts to establish common evaluation methods for building material that are studied under the guidance of the ISO and carrying out research to bring Japan's fire testing methods into conformity with international standards.

Researcher Information

Head
Yoshihiko HAYASHI
fire phenomena

Senior Researcher
Junichi SUZUKI
fire resistance of structural elements

Senior Researcher
Keisuke HIMOTO
post-earthquake fire, fire risk management

Senior Researcher
Tensei MIZUKAMI
fire resistance of structural elements

Others

" Preliminary report on the 2016 Itoigawa Fire " has been issued online (Jan. 2017). This report is written in Japanese.


"5th preliminary report on the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake " has been issued online (May 2016). This report contains survey results on the overviews of fire following the earthquake and the damage of fire safety equipment systems. This report is written in Japanese.


Framework for fire safety performance evaluations
Framework for fire safety performance evaluations



Cone Caloremeter Test for Heat Release of Building Materials
Cone Caloremeter Test for Heat Release of Building Materials




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