Podcast – Fire resilient and sustainable buildings: the Mjöstårnet

Learn more on the fire safety protection strategy of the world’s tallest timber building!

FSEU Position Paper : Fire Resilience to strengthen the Renovation Wave

Find out how fire resilience could be integrated into the Renovation Wave to foster deeper and more sustainable renovations.

Inserting Buildings’ Fire Resilience in the EU Green Deal

See how the EU can integrate fire resilience in the EU Green Deal’s initiatives on buildings and find out why it is crucial.

Fire Resilience: an opportunity to minimise building fires’ impacts

Join us to build fire resilient and foster a sustainable future!

Combining sustainable architecture with fire resilience

RELEASE – 15 June – 18.00 CEST: Fire Resilience Podcast 2 “Combining sustainable architecture with fire resilience” featuring Kjetil Thorsen . Join us!

Webinar: Fire Resilient and Sustainable Buildings amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Join us to explore the role that sustainable and fire resilient buildings can play in preventing, adapting and recovering from pandemics like the COVID-19 next 26 June 2020 from 14:00 to 14:30 CEST.

How to foster a sustainable future through green buildings?

RELEASE – 12 May – 18.00 pm CEST: Fire Resilience Podcast 1 “How to foster a sustainable future through green buildings? ” with Fanny Guay. Join us!

FSEU Position Paper – Fire resilience: key for a sustainable future

Fire resilience is the great absentee from the sustainable buildings debate. In this new position paper, we tell you why we believe this gap needs to be addressed to truly foster a sustainable future.

FSEU webinar – Three reasons why fire resilience contributes to sustainable buildings

Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) held a webinar “Three reasons why fire resilience contributes to sustainable buildings” on 22 May 2018. 

There are no smart cities without fire safe buildings

To be truly smart, cities of the future must be resilient and fire safe. In a time marked by extensive building renovation and energy refurbishment programmes, fire safety must not be left aside.

Towards sustainable fire resilient buildings

Modern sustainable buildings provide for different end-user needs, bringing new technologies and construction materials. These new variables significantly impact the performance of buildings in fire. Yet, fire resilience, a crucial element of buildings sustainability, is often forgotten as a parameter to consider.

The increasing use of new sustainable materials and technologies in the construction process, means it is crucial to assess the fire risks associated with these new elements, in particular for flammability and toxicity.

Sustainable building rating schemes and reporting frameworks such as LEED, Level(s), BREEAM, HQE, DGNB, WELL or RELI, are at the forefront of the movement towards increasingly sustainable buildings. They generally do not take into account fire resilience as they presume fire safety is fully addressed in building regulations. However, in reality, building regulations focus solely on safe escape routes and do not cover aspects related to sustainability.

In order to successfully green our buildings, we must recognise the interactions between fire resilience and sustainability. European and national legislators should include fire safety and fire resilience in the relevant policies and regulations.

In May 2018, FSEU held a webinar titled “If a building can burn to the ground, is it really sustainable?” which emphasised the role fire resilience plays in buildings’ sustainability. It raised the public’s awareness about these topics’ complementarity and stressed its importance to fulfil our objectives for a sustainable and safe future.

Timeline and FSEU’s actions

FSEU’s position

To Fire Safe Europe (FSEU), national and European authorities should acknowledge that fire safety and sustainability reinforce one another by making sure that fire safety is considered in the relevant policies and regulations.

FSEU believes that fire safety regulations should take into account sustainability concerns and that fire safety should become an integral part of the sustainability discussion and be included in buildings’ rating schemes.

Fire resilience plays an important role in achieving a number of Sustainable Development Goals. If a building is not fire resilient, it can lead to considerable environmental, economic and social impacts.


  • Environmentally, the release of smoke, toxic gases and other particles have a negative effect on our surroundings and health.
  • Socially, fire damages communities, leads to the destruction of public buildings and has a significant impact on the disruption of public services.
  • Economically, fire leads to financial loss for businesses and citizens because of the destruction of resources and infrastructure that takes place in the aftermath of a fire.

More on FSEU’s position here.

Fire resilient buildings not only have lower environmental impacts but also reduce the economic and social consequences of fires thereby limiting the disruptions fires cause to societies.

Hence to foster a sustainable future it is crucial to recognise the complementarity between fire resilience and buildings’ sustainability and take it into account in the relevant policies and regulations.

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