Project to finalise the European approach to assess the fire performance of facades kicks off

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, RISE organised a webinar on the project to finalise of the European approach to assess the fire performance of facades.

Back in September 2019, the European Commission published a call for tender titled “Finalisation of the European Approach to Assess the Fire Performance of Facades”. This tender was awarded to the consortium led by RISE. 

The webinar was an opportunity for RISE to present key aspects of the project and give stakeholders a better view of who will do what and of the time frame. The objective of the project is to finalise and fine-tune the assessment method developed in a previous European Commission project to have a European approach to assess the fire performance of facades.

The consortium for this project is composed of:
•    5 project partners: RISE, BAM, Efectis, EMI and the University of Liège
•    3 subcontractors: BRE, RISE Norway, EGOLF

The project is divided up into four key tasks:

The theoretical round robin will focus on evaluating whether the descriptions on how to perform the test and the following classification given in the method needs to be further clarified. This phase will involve laboratories which are members of EGOLF, many of which have already expressed interest in participating. 

The initial testing phase will aim to determine the sensitivity of the test method to variations of its main parameters and to define the specifications to be imposed on these parameters in order to ensure a robust method. This phase will look at defining the test programme, designing the test rig, performing average tests, analysing the results and updating the assessment method as needed.

The experimental round robin will aim to assess the repeatability and the reproducibility of the proposed method. Tests will be conducted by five different laboratories, both indoors and outdoors. 

Finally, the analysis of the results of the experimental program and the round-robin will be conducted to a fine-tune the assessment method and classification scheme.

We have compiled for you the full timeline of the project:

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