New CTBUH initiatives to investigate link between fire and façades

In wake of Grenfell tragedy, Council forms new workgroup.

September 05, 2017 |
Three high-rise buildings as seen from the ground

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has established three new initiatives in response to the Grenfell fire in London and other high-profile fires around the world.

The initiatives are:

  • Creation of a new Working Group looking at the link between fire and façades
  • $20,000 of research funding to further investigate this field
  • A Fire Performance Workshop at the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference

The new multinational, multi-disciplinary working group will examine the fire performance of façades. “Following a number of recent tall building fires that appear to have spread up the outside of the façade,” CTBUH said in a news release.

The research funding will be used to investigate and develop a database of high-rise fires that could be applied to the emerging field of machine-learning, which may lead to new and innovative fire solutions, CTBUH says.

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