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Assessing Fire Risk in High-Rises with Combustible Cladding

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National Fire Protection Association

New research was completed this month on High Rise Buildings with Combustible Exterior Wall Assemblies. Arup, a global engineering firm working across every aspect of today’s built environment, conducted the comprehensive project with sponsorship from NFPA.

The impetus for the research was international concern about fires in high-rise buildings that contain combustible cladding. AHJs around the world appealed to NFPA for assistance in identifying hazards and developing a system for inspecting, prioritizing and remediating risk factors in their building portfolio.

The Arup report was the springboard for a new NFPA risk assessment tool that helps enforcers, building owners and facility managers determine which properties in their jurisdiction need attention. Research lead Susan Lamont with Arup will explain the risk assessment methodology; while NFPA’s Birgitte Messerschmidt will discuss EFFECT – NFPA’s tool that assists global authorities in determining and addressing high-rise building cladding concerns.

If you want to proactively determine what risks exist in your building inventory, register for the webinar on Monday, February 5th (10:00-11:30 ET). Learning about holistic high-rise combustible facade risk factors is your first step to ensuring that the people and property you are responsible for are safer from harm.


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