The European Fire Safety Community: nine months on.
It has been almost nine months since the European Fire Safety Community was launched, and a lot has happened since its creation! Today we take stock of its progress.
Thanks to all of you, we are now +330 members from across Europe in this Community, representing all sectors of the fire safety world. This includes 36% of industry representatives, 19% of fire engineer, 9% of firefighters and about a similar proportion of academics.
We are happy to share with you that since the beginning of the year, the Community’s work has been featured in various media such as the January BIMB Newsletter, the FPA website and the FIA websites in April, as well as Knauf Insulation’s website on the occasion of International Firefighters’ Day, on May 4.
A diversity of content has been published on various topics, ranging from the EU Green Deal to the UK fire safety evolutions, and the development of the European approach to assess the fire performance of facades. We have published expert guests articles on Notre-Dame’s fire, fire safety failures in buildings and fire data collection, and some of you have also shared your expertise through written pieces. Following their contribution, two of your fellow members were even contacted by scientific journals to be republished. We are delighted that the Community is succeeding in fostering collaboration!
Things have also been moving in the Advisory Panels:
The Facades Advisory Panel has launched its own podcast “The Facades Files”, and its second episode reflected upon “How can we change facades fire safety for the better” with the Advisory Panel’s Chair, Andrei Corches. You also had the opportunity to participate in phase I of a study on national requirements regarding fire safety for high-rise residential buildings, hospitals and schools.
You have also been able to listen to three episodes of “The Data Project” podcast as well as a webinar with Dr Kate Nguyen, the project leader of the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition’s work on developing a glossary of fire terminology.
The Sustainable Building Advisory Panel strives to widen the debate on green buildings by stressing the importance of fire resilience. It has done so by sharing expert articles on solar panels’ fire safety and on the importance of fire resilience. The Fire Resilience Podcast has also been launched and provides you with two episodes on fostering a sustainable future through green buildings as well as on combining sustainable architecture with fire resilience. It also hosted its first webinar two weeks ago!
Last but not least, the Smoke Toxicity Advisory Panel has recently been opened with the aim to build a system for testing and classifying the toxicity of smoke of construction products.
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We look forward to keeping working together!