Facades and fire safety: how do countries compare? 

In the EU, the fire testing and classification standards for construction products have been harmonised for more than a decade under the Construction Products Directive, and subsequently the Construction Products Regulation. However, whilst fire testing and classification methods for individual products are harmonised in the EU, building regulations for an overall structure- including fire safety requirements – are the responsibility of each individual EU Member State, who determine their own fire safety level and use a mix of products that – used together – correspond to that level. We analysed the requirements in 16 Member States for high-rise buildings.