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Building evacuation, rules and reality

Peter van de Leur
DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Den Haag, the Netherlands

The paper discusses some of the problems surrounding the simulation of the evacuation time in buildings. Building regulations offer little guidance to the designer in dealing with these problems, but good and safe solutions can easily be described qualitatively.

Key words: Evacuation, phased evacuation, tenability, waiting time