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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
November 30, 2017

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FIREX 2018

Grenfell lessons expected to feature in 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference

The soaring number and height, as well as complexity, of tall buildings has never made the International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference more necessary.

Construction is happening at a particularly rapid rate in London, with a record 455 new tall buildings in the pipeline or under construction.

The Grenfell tragedy has brought the unique perils of fire safety in high-rise structures sharply into focus and the worst UK fire in living memory will inform much of proceedings at the 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference.

Taking place between 19–21 June 2018 at Excel, London alongside FIREX International, the event will break down as follows:

  • Day 1 will consider design and fire engineering in tall buildings
  • Day 2, management and insurance of fire risk in tall buildings
  • Day 3 will consider firefighting in tall buildings.

Spaces are limited and early bird rates are available so book now to avoid disappointment.

Speakers already confirmed for the conference include:

  • Justin Francis (Australia), discussing his Winston Churchill Fellowship studies into Tall Building Evacuation. Justin travelled to eleven countries to examine current best practice.
  • Merlyn Forrer (UK), will detail his research and studies into ETICS (external thermal Insulating cladding systems) and fire performance tests.
  • Curtis Massey (US), detail current best practice regarding high rise firefighting.
  • Stewart Kidd (UK), will give a status update on Tall Building construction fire safety issues.

“This is a timely opportunity to get the global fire safety community together and discuss a ‘way forward’ for tall building fire safety,” said Conference Director Russ Timpson. “FIREX provides a great platform to encourage people to travel to London and take part. With a great line up of world-class speakers, this should be a seminal event for those concerned with learning lessons from Grenfell and other recent tall building fires”.

All delegate will also get VIP access to FIREX and associated exhibitions.

More details of Tall Buildings Conference can be found on the event’s website.

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Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

  • Grenfell Inquiry must yield “bedrock change” – and soon
  • After Grenfell: Jonathan O’Neill OBE on how austerity and policy “on the hoof” are hampering progress
  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
  • Fire safety community has to “get on board” with technological changes

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