Architects’ concerns over safety keep flame at bay

London, UK: 22nd January, 2019:

Architects and designers have massive concerns about including flame in their designs — this is according to the latest industry research by Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, the heating and ventilation specialist. The majority of respondents (79%) said they had concerns when it came to incorporating fire and flame in their projects, despite the fact that they often form centrepieces of design work.

Health and safety was cited as the main concern (46%), followed by energy efficiency (39%) and cost (32%). However, respondents also said if health and safety concerns could be addressed and the right technology was available, 53% would be more inclined to use include fire or flame in projects.

The research, conducted on behalf of Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation by independent survey firm Vitreous World, surveyed 250 architects and designers across the UK to gauge their opinions on the state of the industry, technology in the design process, and the use of flame in their projects.

The concerns around using fire are consistent with the industry’s overall challenges; architects and designers identified cost reduction (64%), keeping on top of innovation (48%) and health and safety (41%) as their top issues.

“The research demonstrates that there is a definite appetite in the market for alternative ways of incorporating fire into the design of commercial spaces, especially methods that are safer and more cost-effective,” says Jonathan Smith, product marketing manager – Flame Technology, Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation.

“This is something that we are seeing more of in our own business, where the demand for our flame technology and flame effects products is increasing rapidly, giving architects and designers realistic flame options that add to the visual appeal of a space with none of the disadvantages.”

The research also highlighted the use of other technologies in the design process with 62% of architects and designs saying that smart technology was already having an impact or would be in the next six months. Almost one-quarter of respondents (24%) said augmented reality would influence the industry within the next 18 months, while 23% said virtual reality would affect it in the next six months. Robotics, 3D modelling and 3D printing, and the use of drones, were also cited as making an impact in the longer term.

The full research report can be viewed here: