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A consortium of experts to work on EU fire safety statistics

A consortium of experts to work on EU fire safety statistics

27 May 2020

Update: The project' website is accessible here:

The European Commission has selected a consortium of experts for the pilot project “Closing the data gaps and paving the way for pan-European fire safety efforts” that has been initiated in the European Parliament.

The project is related to the collection of fire safety data and statistics across the EU and will run for 17 months.

Efectis will lead the consortium, which is composed of the European Fire Safety Alliance (EuroFSA), the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations Europe (CFPA-Europe), the CTIF (International Association of Fire and Rescue Services), the NFPA (US National Fire Protection Association), The University of EdinburghThe University of Lund, the DBI (Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology), the VFDB (German Fire Protection Association) and the BAM (German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing).

Data are essential to identify risk factors and most effective fire prevention measures because EU-wide statistics are currently either not harmonised or do not exist. The conclusions and output of the experts’ work will facilitate a broader accounting of fire incidents and will also give the EU and national governments the opportunity to identify the most effective fire safety measures more accurately.

The Modern Building Alliance calls for the inclusion of fire statistics within the Eurostat mandatory programme and considers this project as an excellent first step.




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Fire Safety picked up in Own-Initiative Report on Energy Efficient buildings

Fire Safety picked up in Own-Initiative Report on Energy Efficient buildings

25 May 2020 

As part of the project initiated within the ITRE Committee, MEP Ciarán Cuffe (Group of the Greens, Ireland) is currently the rapporteur of the “Draft report on maximising the energy efficiency potential of the EU building stock”.

The aim of the report is as follows: it “examines the potential of energy efficiency in buildings, and, in the context of the current crisis suggests that a European renovation wave could assist with an economic recovery by creating local jobs, upskilling workers, and creating resilient communities”.

This Own Initiative Report has been utilised as an opportunity by different political groups to include considerations other than strict energy efficiency aspects. In particular, fire safety appears more than once:

  • There is a proposition by the EPP group to “underline that energy renovation is an opportunity to undertake safety checks (e.g. electrical safety, fire safety features)”. The Modern Building Alliance fully supports this message;
  • Another proposition by the EPP group seeks to “underline that ensuring quality, compliance and (fire) safety requires adequate competencies and skills of professionals involved during design and construction/renovation”, which echoes our Call for Action on fire safety competency;
  • Finally, a number of MEPs from Renew have drafted a proposition to “recall that fire safety aspects should be considered during the design, construction, renovation and operation of buildings” and referred to the 7 layers of fire safety in buildings: “prevention, detection, early suppression, evacuation, compartmentation, structural safety and firefighting”.

The Modern Building Alliance welcomes these amendments that pave the way for further enhanced fire safety and will continue to engage with Members of the European Parliament to support the EU in ensuring safe and sustainable construction for citizens.

The text and amendments are due to be put to the vote in July.

Full draft

ITRE - Amendments


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British standard test method for the fire performance of facades: revision is now published

British standard test method for the fire performance of facades: revision is now published

7 May 2020

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has revised its test method for the fire performance of external cladding systems (BS 8414 Fire performance of external cladding systems).

The purpose of the large-scale façade test method is to provide data that enables the evaluation of the fire performance of the cladding components tested as a system.

The standard is split into two parts:

Large scale tests are regularly applied by our industry as an important aspect to validate the fire safety of facade systems considering the interaction between the different elements. BS 8414 is considered as a reference beyond UK and, together with the German standard DIN 4120-20, is the basis of the on-going development of a European assessment method.

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Time to create a Renovation Fund for All Europeans

Time to create a Renovation Fund for All Europeans

6 May 2020

Initiated by the Renovate Europe Campaign, a wide range of stakeholders including the Modern Building Alliance, co-signed a letter asking for the creation of a “Renovation fund for all Europeans’.

This letter, sent to President Ursula von der Leyen and Commissioners Timmermans, Simson, Breton and Hahn mentions:

“…the Renovate Europe Campaign, call for the EU Recovery Plan to include a Renovation Fund for All Europeans to ensure that energy renovation of the EU building stock plays a central role in getting the EU back on its feet.

The EU construction industry alone is worth around 9% of EU GDP and employs more than 16 million Europeans. A focus on the deep energy renovation of buildings across the EU will kickstart our economies from the ground up. It will provide large-scale local employment while reinvigorating demand in those industries that supply the construction industry.”

Read the letter


A step forward to a European approach for façades performance assessment

A step forward to a European approach for façades performance assessment

6 May 2020

A consortium composed with 5 partners (RISE (SE), BAM (DE), Efectis (FR), EMI (HU) and the University of Liège (BE) is chosen by the European Commission to finalize in 2 years, a European Approach to assess the performance of façades.

We announced it last September: the European Commission published a call for tender to deliver the ‘alternative method’ to assess the performance of façades. Having a harmonised method for testing façades is important as in the specific case of taller buildings, the performance of façades is a prime element of the building design and therefore, it must be tested as a system and not only as individual components.

A main tasks of the project is to organize an experimental round robin to assess the repeatability and reproducibility of the proposed method, which will allow to fine-tune the method and classification. Ultimately, the European approach for façade performance assessment should be used by the industry to demonstrate the fire performance of their products and systems, and by national regulators to define performance requirements according to the building types.

Members of the Modern Building Alliance have a long time experience with façade tests and we will contribute as stakeholder to the project.

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Credits: Screenshot of RISE website