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]