A step forward to a European approach for Façades performance assessment
6 May 2020
A consortium composed of 5 partners (RISE (SE), BAM (DE), Efectis (FR), EMI (HU) and the University of Liège (BE)) has been chosen by the European Commission to finalise a European Approach to assess the performance of façades. The time span granted for the project is 2 years.
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 because 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 task of the project is to organise an experimental round robin to assess the repeatability and reproducibility of the proposed method, which will allow the method and classification to be fine-tuned. 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 experience with façade tests and we will contribute as stakeholder to the project.