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A Comprehensive Approach to Façade Fire Mitigation

Façade fires continue to occur in the GCC and globally, leaving engineering experts and legislators on their toes to control complex risk scenarios for the protection of humans and property. As organisations providing industry standards such as ASTM, EN, BS and NFPA are updating their guidelines, it is essential for the building and fire safety industry to stay abreast of best practice implementation and improve collaboration.

The Safety Design in Buildings Campaign invites leading international experts for a public and interactive best practice virtual series, reviewing façade fire mitigation and remediation strategies.

The strategies are presented in support of professional development education in a series of four essential modules. The modules are designed to logically address façade fire mitigation. The first module will address fire resistance, and the second reaction to fire. These modules tackle the two basic principles of fire characterisation and how they affect facades.

The third module puts these together and looks more holistically at façade fire propagation. The last module reviews consultancy processes and inspections.

Participation certificates are extended to attendees following each module.

Program

Module I : Fire Resistance

10th August 2020 | 15.00 to 16.00 (GST Abu Dhabi/Oman)

Introduction & Moderation

by Andy Dean Head of Facades | WSP Moderation

15.00 – 15.10
Moderator

Fire Resistance in Spandrel Zones

  • The Importance of compartmentation at the Slab Edge
  • UAE Fire Life and Safety Code 2018
  • Height & Rating of Spandrel Panel
  • Vertical or Horizontal projections on Façade
  • The ability of perimeter fire barrier system to remain in void during fire exposure
  • System Testing & Design Consideration
  • Engineering Judgments

by Mayank Sharma Technical Specification Manager | Siderise

15.10 – 15.30
Speaker

Introduction to ASTM E2874 Standard Test Method for Determining Fire-Test Response Characteristics of Building Spandrel-Panel Assemblies due to External Spread of Fire

This presentation will introduce a new test method designed to addressed a fire hazard in exterior building façade design not otherwise covered by existing Building Code requirements.

Advances in life safety and the development of new testing methods continue to inspire new research to enhance life safety in commercial buildings. Design factors can contribute to vertical fire spread when a building’s curtain wall construction design does not specify adequate spandrel design. Commonly referred to as “leap-frog effect”, the force of flame and hot gasses exiting a lower window moves up the building and in turn breaks out the vision glass on windows of the level above, bypassing interior fire protection measures and allowing flames to progressively re-enter the building on an vertically adjacent stories. This phenomena of propagation drives a fire up the building’s exterior floor by floor.

by Tony Crimi, President | A.C. Consulting Solution Inc

15.30 – 15.50
Speaker

Q&A

15.50 – 16.00

Module II : Fire Propagation in Façades

17th August 2020 | 15.00 to 16.00 (GST Abu Dhabi/Oman)

Introduction & Moderation

by Edward Gaynor Regional Manager Middle East | for LPCB & BRE Global

15.00 – 15.10
Moderator

Present and future of NFPA 285

by Barry Badders Chief Engineer and Chairman NFPA 285 | Intertek

This presentation will provide a brief history on the origins of NFPA 285. The changes made to the current 2019 edition of the standard will be discussed. The standard is currently in revision cycle and the first draft revisions will be highlighted. One of the upcoming revisions is to add a guide for extension of results as an annex. The guide will be helpful to both writers and reviewers of engineering judgements as it covers extensions that have been vetted by industry experts through the NFPA process. A preview of the content in the draft guide will be presented.

15.10 – 15.25
Speaker

Changes to BS 8414 and the introduction of BS 9414. Why now and what’s next?

In this talk, Mostafa will try to high light the changes which have occurred in the UK fire safety regulations and how those changes lead to changes in the BS8414 standard and development of BS9414 standards. Also, he will try to address how those changes intend to move toward safer and more transparent construction by using Regulations, Testing and Certification.

by Dr. Mostafa Jafarian, Principal Certification Engineer - Facades and Structures | Warringtonfire

15.25 – 15.40
Speaker

Façade Fire Safety In the IBC

This presentation will provide the general overview as to how the IBC addresses fire safety in tall buildings and more specifically the testing and approval of such facades as it relates to NFPA 285. The following will be discussed:

  • Overview of fire safety requirements for tall buildings
  • Triggers for testing to NFPA 285
  • Special inspection and conformity assessment tools addressed within the IBC

by Beth Tubbs , Senior Staff Engineer | ICC

15.40 – 15.55
Speaker

Q&A

15.55 – 16.05

Module III : Reaction to Fire of Façade Components

24th August 2020 | 15.00 to 16.00 (GST Abu Dhabi/Oman)

Introduction & Moderation

by Peter Stephenson Business Development Manager | Warringtonfire

15.00 – 15.10
Moderator

How little facade design and material choices can have a huge impact on fire safety

Learning Objective:

  • Overview of the reaction to fire tests and standards (Focus on EU fire regulations)
  • Which fire performances and design measures to follow for maximum safety
  • The importance of non-combustible insulation and façade fire-proofing

by Nada Chami , Business Development Manager | Saint Gobain

15.10 – 15.30
Speaker

Understanding the limitations of test methods established for facade components in the UAE Code

Learning Objective:

  • Code requirements for components
  • What are the limitations that need to be considered for tested and certified components?
  • Is a tested and certified product suitable for a specific project? A case study.

by Cristina Perez Domper Regional Manager for Testing & Certification | Intertek

15.30 – 15.50
Speaker

Q&A

15.50 – 16.00

Module IV : Façade & Fire Consulting

31st August 2020 | 15.00 to 16.00 (GST Abu Dhabi/Oman)

Introduction & Moderation

by Rob Davies Director of Specialist Services | WSP

15.00 – 15.10
Moderator

Façade Fire Strategy - Inception to Handover

Learning Objective:

  • Understand why so many large-scale façade fires have occurred in recent memory
  • Understand the dynamics of vertical fire spread
  • Understand the principles of fire safety design relating to the facade
  • Develop our thinking and define fire safety objectives for a façade fire safety strategy
  • Understanding the approach to a successful façade fire strategy
  • Understand the role of the Fire Engineer through the different design stages

by Anam Asad Fire & Life Safety Engineering Consultant | Design Confidence

15.10 – 15.25
Speaker

Façade Fire Safety – an International Comparison

This talk will examine the wider international response to façade designs and rectification works being carried out in a number of other regions, in response to the worlds response to the growing number of façade related fires.
The following will be discussed;

  • The current prescriptive design process in the UAE – a good benchmark from a design perspective
  • A summary of how Australia responded to its façade challenges on existing buildings
  • How the UK is responding to the design process
  • The key areas that consultants should remain focussed on

by Alexander Emery Fire Engineering Lead, Middle East | Buro Happold Engineering Middle East

15.25 – 15.40
Speaker

Fire safety inspections: process and challenges

Learning Objective:

  • Overview of the different types of fire safety inspections
  • Critical interfaces and information
  • Competence
  • Cladding inspections
  • Lessons from other regions

by Craig Ross, Associate Director of the Built Environment | RICS

15.40 – 15.55
Speaker

Q&A

15.55 – 16.05

Who’s speaking

Andy Dean

Head of Facades | WSP

Cristina Perez Domper

Regional Manager for Testing & Certification | Intertek

Barry Badders

Chief Engineer and Chairman NFPA 285 | Intertek

Anam Asad

Fire & Life Safety Engineering Consultant | Design Confidence

Dr. Mostafa Jafarian

Principal Certification Engineer - Facades and Structures | Warringtonfire

Mayank Sharma

Technical Specification Manager | Siderise

Craig Ross

Associate Director of the Built Environment | RICS

Peter Stephenson

Business Development Manager | Warringtonfire

Beth Tubbs

Senior Staff Engineer | ICC

Edward Gaynor

Regional Manager Middle East | for LPCB & BRE Global

Nada Chami

Business Development
Manager | Saint Gobain

Tony Crimi

President | A.C. Consulting Solution Inc

Alexander Emery

Fire Engineering Lead, Middle East | Buro Happold Engineering Middle East

Rob Davies

Director of Specialist Services | WSP

Registration


Module I : Fire Resistance
Module II : Fire Propagation in Façades
Module III: Reaction to Fire of Façade Components
Module IV: Façade & Fire Consulting



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