Studying the Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction

Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction Report Released

December 10, 2010

structure on fire inside of a lab

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) released its research report based on the "Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction" project. This research was funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. 

The objectives of this research study are to:

  • Improve firefighter safety by providing an enhanced understanding of ventilation (naturally induced and as a firefighting tactic) in residential structures.

  • Demonstrate the impact on fire behavior of changes in residential construction such as those created by window types and furnishings.

  • Develop tactical considerations based on the experimental results that can be incorporated into firefighting standard operating guidelines.

Access the report here.