The proposed approach by the EC consists of two highly contested national test methods BS 8414 and DIN 4102 part 20. Check out FSEU's position on the subject.
FSEU Position Paper – The review of the Construction Products Regulation: An opportunity for the EU to promote excellence in fire safety
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is a key piece of legislation for fire safety in buildings that must be kept and strengthened. Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) believes that the review being currently carried out by the European Commission is an opportunity to address some major fire safety issues.
Performance-based design of buildings using Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) tools had opened new possibilities for to designing large and complex buildings which could not have been designed in the same way using existing prescriptive rules. The primary aims of FSE must continue to be to prevent the loss of life. The misuse of FSE (be it deliberate or unintentional) in order to reduce costs or to change a building’s use after completion is a risk that needs to be kept in mind. The “precautionary principle” should always be abided by when it comes to fire safety measures.
Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) was discussed during the 1st Fire Information Exchange Platform meeting on October 16, 2017, and identified as one of the work streams for the platform. The purpose of this letter is to express our position on the opportunities and risks presented by FSE.
The Grenfell Tower fire in London on June 14, 2017 has shown the need for political leadership at national and EU level to keep citizens safe when fire breaks out. The open letter, addressed to Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, highlights two particular areas of fire safety for which Fire Safe Europe has, since 2011, called for the European Commission to act.
Facts & Figures
fires are reported in Europe each year
of fires in the EU happen in buildings, on average
of our time is spent in buildings
people are killed by fire in Europe every year. That is 11 deaths per day
people are hospitalised in Europe each year due to severe injuries caused by fire
billion – equivalent to 1% of European GDP – is eaten up by fire damage each year
minutes is all it takes for fire to involve an entire room, because we use more flammable materials than before
times further is the closest fire exit to a classroom in an Italian school compared to Germany (60 m in Italy VS 10 m in Germany)
- Brandfolkenes Cancerforenig – Danish Firefighters Cancer Organisation
- Brandweerman in Nood – “Firefighters In Trouble”, platform providing information and training for firefighters in Belgium
- CWB – Fire Safety Consultants
- European Association for Passive Fire Protection
- European Fire Sprinkler Network
- Fire Safe North America – A a broad based coalition of experts, companies and association members, promoting effective safety layering through building code and policy development in North America
- Fire Sector Federation
- Fire Science – Platform collecting resources for prospective fire service professionals, including comprehensive education and career information
- Hotrec: Fire Safety in Hotels
- International Association of Fire and Rescue Services
- Nederlands Instituut voor Brandweer en Rampenbestrijding (Dutch fire service association)
- The Geneva Association – The leading international think tank of the insurance industry, disseminating valuable facts on fire safety
- Treat Mesothelioma – A treatment community providing information on mesothelioma, including advices for firefighters
- Faculty of Civil Engineering – University of Zagreb
- UK Safetystore – Fire Safety learning resources