Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Fire Performance of Façades Working Group Meets During 2018 Middle East Conference


The CTBUH Fire Performance of Façades Working Group convened at the 2018 Leaders Meeting to discuss the mission of the Working Group.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

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DUBAI – The Fire Performance of Façades Working Group formed a breakout session during the Leaders Meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference. Chaired by Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the meeting clarified the focus of the group's mission.

The Working Group resolved to examine not only new buildings, but also the retrofitting/refurbishment of existing buildings, particularly with a view to improvements in fire safety. Members shared the conviction that greater research is needed to understand the materials science of the product combinations that could be used for façades. As part of this, the group resolved to give support to the great work of the University of Melbourne, including that of Working Group contributors Priyan Mendis, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Kate Nguyen, Research Fellow, as well as others in their field; and additionally, to develop greater respect for the Fire Safety community within the tall buildings industry.

Acknowledging that fire safety education is an issue, even at quite a basic level for the likes of architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, developers, clients agents, etc., the group discussed the creation of a “Back to Basics” guide. The guide would include commonly used engineering terminology, a discussion of what fire engineering is, notable hazards/risks, etc., and include a kind of “fire safety roadmap,” advising when to consult specialists.

The Working Group reaffirmed the importance of continuing to promote that CTBUH is a member of the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition.

Last Name First Name Company Location CTBUH Role
Strong Gary Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors London, UK Chair, Fire & Façades Working Group
Askarinejad Peyman WSP New York, USA Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Cantarelli Gerard Planimetro Milan, Italy Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Gillon Edouard WATG London, UK Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Harper Jeff Jensen Hughes Chicago, USA Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Lamont Susan Arup Dubai, UAE Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Lay Simon OFR Consultants Manchester, UK Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Mendis Priyan University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Ramirez Alfredo Underwriters Laboratory Chicago, USA Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Scott David Laing O’Rourke London, UK Fire & Façades Working Group Member
Wright Matthew Fire Protection Association Melbourne, Australia Fire & Façades Working Group Member