Espoo, Finland | 9th October 2014
Would you choose between fire safety or energy savings when insulating your facade?
Although many believe that insulated façades have no or little impact on the spread of fire and smoke in buildings, a large scale test organised by Fire Safe Europe and supported by the Finnish Fire Protection Association (SPEK), the Finnish Association of Fire Fighters (SPAL) and the Finnish Association of Fire Officers (SPPL), demonstrated the weaknesses of the current European test practices when it comes to fire safety.
The large-scale test carried out is part of a series of seminar on façade fire around Europe that aims to raise awareness of European stakeholder on fire safety in buildings. In an opening video address to the seminar, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament and patron of the event said: “There should be appropriate regulations for fire safety in buildings, which need to be effectively enforced. I would like to stress the commitment of the European Parliament to ensure that the level of safety is of the highest standard”.
Regarding fire safety in buildings, façades are in a particularly crucial role. Not only do they need to meet energy efficiency requirements, but they should also provide effective fire protection and restrain the spreading of fire. A right material choice may turn out to be a life-saver by providing more time for rescue operations.
“The demonstration revealed that the current European fire test methods are not providing the expected safety level for facades. There is an urgent need for one harmonised European fire test standard for façades”, says Juliette Albiac, Managing Director of Fire Safe Europe.