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19 Jun 2023
EC Survey: Fire safety of recharging infrastructure and electric vehicles in underground/above ground covered parking areas
The survey is the first crucial step that will guide the work of the Commission’s Taskforce developing guidelines to ensure fire safety for recharging infrastructure and electric vehicles in underground and above ground covered parking areas.
13 Jun 2023
Joint letter to the EC: Coordination on fire safety will help achieving the Green Deal’s objectives
Together with other 17 organisations working on improving the fire safety of European citizens, Fire Safe Europe calls on the European Commission to establish a structural coordination of all EU policy initiatives related to fire safety of European buildings.
8 May 2023
EU Green Week 2023 Webinar: The Role of Electrical and Fire Safety Skills in the European Green Deal
As official partners of the European Green Week 2023, Fire Safe Europe and the Forum for European Electrical Domestic Safety (FEEDS) will hold an event on the role of electrical and fire safety skills in the European Green Deal.
26 Apr 2023
Advancing Fire Safety Innovation: A Conversation with Michael Strömgren, Briab's Chief Innovation Officer
In this interview, Briab's Chief Innovation Officer discusses his work in advancing innovation, sustainability, and digitalisation in the construction industry, with a focus on fire safety engineering. Topics include the evolution of digitalisation, the role of Building Information Modelling (BIM), and the need for a paradigm shift in the industry.
3 Apr 2023
Joint Statement on the EPBD Revision: EP Position on Buildings’ Safety Should Be Preserved
In March, Fire Safe Europe signed a joint statement with 12 organisations working on fire, electrical, gas, and carbon monoxide (CO) safety regarding the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
16 Jan 2023
Environmental and Health Impacts of Fire and Fire Suppression Activities During Large-Scale Fire Eve
On the 16th of March 2023, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) will present the findings of their research project “Environmental and Health Impacts of Fire and Fire Suppression Activities During Large-Scale Fire Events”.
18 Jul 2022
CPR Revision – Boosting the Internal Market for Construction Products will Improve Fire Safety
Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to improve the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) as a crucial step forward to boost the internal market for construction products and implement a regulatory framework fit to deliver on the green objectives.
2 Sept 2021
Croatia Leading the way for both Energy-Efficient and Fire-Safe Renovations
Since the 2018 Revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the EU Member States have been requested to submit their national Long Term Renovation Strategy (LTRS) to the European Commission to improve the energy efficiency and decarbonisation of the EU building stock by 2050.
29 Apr 2021
Where is Fire Safety in EU Member States Long Term Renovation Strategies?
As per the 2018 Revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), EU Member States are requested to submit to the European Commission their national Long Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) to increase the energy efficiency and decarbonisation of their building stock by 2050.
24 Feb 2021
First Progress Report of the EU FireStat Project Consortium
On 22 January the Consortium of the Pilot Project Closing Data Gaps And Paving The Way For Pan-European Fire Safety Efforts (EUFireStat) presented its first progress report to a variety of stakeholders. This report focuses on the first five months of the project and on Task 0,1 and 2.
16 Nov 2020
Why Buildings of the Future Must Marry Fire Resilience with Sustainability
This article published in the November issue of Fire and Risk Management Journal explains why Fire Safe Europe believes that it is crucial to account for fire resilience and fire safety in our approach to buildings’ sustainability.
6 Nov 2020
A Firefighter’s Perspective on Evolving Fire Risks
Melle Keppel is a full-time logistical manager for the Dutch railroads and has been a volunteer firefighter for over 17 years. Despite a substantial experience in firefighting, he still considers himself a rookie as firefighting is an always evolving field – from its techniques to the tools used.
11 Jun 2020
Fire Resilience: An Opportunity to Minimise Building Fires’ Impacts
When it comes to fostering a sustainable future, the building sector has an important role to play and has embraced this responsibility by aiming to improve buildings’ energy-efficiency and decrease buildings’ negative consequences on the environment.
8 May 2020
Improving Fire Safety by Modelling Buildings’ Fire Behaviour with SAFIR 2019 – with Dr Gernay
Dr Thomas Gernay is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at John Hopkins University. He has developed expertise on Structural Fire Engineering, Fire Safety Engineering, Resilient Infrastructure and Computational Mechanics. His research aims to better the multi-hazard resilience of cities and civil engineering infrastructure. He is the co-author of SAFIR, a software, developed for modelling the behaviour of building structures in fire.
24 Feb 2020
Of the Importance of Fire Resilience for Buildings’ Sustainability
In this guest article, Fanny Guay, Chair of the Sustainable Buildings Advisory Panel, introduces the concept of “sustainable building” and stresses the dynamics between a buildings’ fire resilience and its sustainability. She also explains why it is necessary to include fire resilience into the current sustainable building rating schemes and in the appropriate policies.
15 Oct 2019
NFPA’s EFFECT™: A Game-Changing Tool to Assess Facades
As a consequence of several recent fires in high-rise buildings involving combustible exterior wall assemblies (façades), global enforcement authorities are revisiting their existing building inventories to assess the hazard posed by the exterior walls, the likelihood and consequence of a fire spreading over multiple stories of the building via the exterior walls and, therefore, the risk to life safety.
15 Oct 2019
40 Years of Fostering Fire Science and Improving Fire Safety
From July 1st to July 3rd, the fire safety community convened in London to celebrate the 40th edition of Interflam. Fire Safe Europe partook in the conference and attended inspiring presentations ranging from facades’ fire safety to fire safety engineering etc.
15 Oct 2019
Fire Safety of Facades 2019: The Password is Information
September 25, 2019, facades fire safety experts convened to Paris for the Third International Seminar on Fire Safety of Facades (FSF2019). Fire Safe Europe joined the discussions and presented the progress made at EU level on facades. FSF2019 exemplified the eagerness of fire safety experts to work together. A recurring theme throughout the seminar was the need to bring together information and data, make it usable and accessible. As one participant said: “the password is information”.
7 Jun 2019
Fire safety Highlighted in the EPBD Recommendations
On May 16 2019, the European Commission published its Recommendations on how EU countries should implement the building renovation aspects of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Several recommendations cover fire safety, notably regarding Member States’ Long-Term Renovation Strategies, and the possibilities offered by the Fire Information Exchange Platform.