Practices

Fire safety of multi-storey building facades

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External insulation of new buildings as well of existing buildings can substantially improve the thermal performances of buildings. Some recent fires, in particular the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, has drawn the attention to potential fire risks of such facades. This new report, released by the Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI), deals with various aspects of fire safety of such facades.

 

It aims to:

 

  • give an overview of the current regulatory and normative framework concerning the fire safety in Belgium, and more particularly with regard to the risk of fire spreading via the facades. This document will present the revision work to the regulation currently under way as well as some proposed initial approaches;
  • outline the key points and constructional features making it possible to guarantee the correct design and installation of the commonly used facade systems, taking into account the current and future requirements in Belgium.

The document is freely accessible at the link provided below.