This group formed in 2017 following a significant number of tall building fires around the world. It appears the cause of many of these fires might have been inadequate fireproofing to the cladding, compounded by other issues in each case.

The Grenfell Tower in London is one of many fires that have breached perhaps the longest-standing fundamental fire safety object of tall buildings, which is "compartmentalization": i.e., to resist the spread of fire between floors. The Working Group will seek to deconstruct what “fire safety” means, take it back to the key concepts that are independent of code or country, and ask whether we understand each of those concepts and how they should be addressed.

The Working Group will incorporate the work of investigations in China, Australia, the UK and the Middle East, with the objective of creating an international perspective on the issues, and to generate recommendations and guidelines that could work internationally, while local guidance is also accommodated.

For more information on the Fire Performance of Façades Working Group or to get involved, please contact [email protected]

People

Gary Strong

Chair
Gary Strong
Global Building Standards Director
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
London, United Kingdom

Kathleen Almand


Kathleen Almand
Executive Director
National Fire Protection Association
Boston, United States

Douglas Evans


Douglas Evans
Founder, Fire Protection Engineer
DHE FPE LLC
Las Vegas, United States

Agnes Koltay


Agnes Koltay
Façade Consultant & CEO
Koltay Façades
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Susan Lamont


Susan Lamont
Associate Director
Arup
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Simon Lay


Simon Lay
Director
OFR Consultants
Manchester, United Kingdom

Priyan Mendis


Priyan Mendis
Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of ARC Centre for Prefab Housing
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Kate Nguyen


Kate Nguyen
Research Fellow, Dept. of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Alfredo Ramirez


Alfredo Ramirez
Latin America Business Lead
Underwriters Laboratories
Chicago, United States

David Scott


David Scott
Director
Laing O'Rourke
London, United Kingdom

Russ Timpson


Russ Timpson
Secretary
Tall Building Fire Safety Network
Canterbury, United Kingdom

José Torero


José Torero
Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience, School of Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, Australia