There are no smart cities without fire safe buildings

Oct 25, 2016 | News, Sustainability

To be truly smart, cities of the future must be resilient and fire safe.

This was the key message jointly launched by Fire Safe Europe and the firefighters of Zagreb fire brigade at the Conference Smart Cities – Cities of the Future, held in Zagreb on October 11th.

The conference gathered local policy makers and experts to discuss the design and management of smart cities of the future, with a special focus on the Croatian Smart City initiatives, and international keynote speakers presenting best practices.

For the first time, fire safety was included among the key topics of the conference, alongside more traditional themes such us energy efficiency and sustainability. This is an important recognition, as fire safety represents a crucial aspect of sustainability, which is too often overlooked.

It might seem natural to assume that modern, more energy efficient buildings are also fire safe, but unfortunately this is not always the case. On the contrary, the design of a building and the materials used in its construction can increase its inherent fire load and dramatically change the way fire propagates.

A building that is not resilient to fire cannot be called safe, sustainable or smart. This is why, in a time marked by extensive building renovation and energy refurbishment programmes, fire safety must not be left aside.

Read what the press has to say on the conference (in Croatian):

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(Photo by Luka Stanzl, Pixsell)