In the nine months since it was launched, a lot has happened in the European Fire Safety Community. It is time we update you on its progress.
Today the Community can count on +310 members from across Europe, which means that its membership has almost doubled since we last updated you in January 2020. All sectors of the fire safety world are represented, and this includes 36% of industry representatives, 19% of fire engineer, 9% of firefighters and about a similar proportion of academics.
Since the beginning of the year, the Community’s work was featured in various media such as the January BIMB Newsletter, the FPA website and the FIA websites in April, and Knauf Insulation’s website on the occasion of International Firefighters’ Day, on May 4.
We have produced a varied content to foster interaction, promote expertise and inform you on, for instance, the EU Green Deal, the Construction Products Regulation, the UK fire safety evolutions, the development of the European approach to assess the fire performance of facades, and much more. We have provided our members with expert guest articles on topics ranging from Notre-Dame’s fire to fire safety failures in buildings and fire data collection. Members have also been encouraged to promote their own expertise, one of them was even contacted by the Editor of a scientific journal after his post on Battery Fires to adapt it into a longer article for a future issue. The author of a guest article on solar panels, published in the Community, was also re-published in a journal dedicated to fire safety professionals.
The Facades Advisory Panel has launched its own podcast “The Facades Files”, and its second episode reflected upon “How can we change facades fire safety for the better” with the Advisory Panel’s Chair, Andrei Corches. Since April, members also have the opportunity to participate in a study on national requirements regarding fire safety for high-rise residential buildings, hospitals and schools.
The Data Collection Advisory Panel has published three episodes of “The Data Project” podcast as well as a webinar with Dr Kate Nguyen, project leader of the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition’s work on developing a glossary of fire terminology.
And finally, the Sustainable Building Advisory Panel strives to widen the debate on green buildings by stressing the importance of fire resilience. It has done so by sharing expert articles on solar panels’ fire safety and on the importance of fire resilience. The Fire Resilience Podcast has also been launched recently and provided members with two episodes on fostering a sustainable future through green buildings as well as on combining sustainable architecture with fire resilience.
That’s it for now, but if you are curious to find out more, you can access all the content in the Community. If you are an individual or an organisation fighting for better fire safety and eager to challenge the fact that fire safety is taken for granted, join us and register at: eufiresafety.community.