Full Session without Abstracts
Following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in London in 2017 there have been two major investigations. The Public Inquiry, is the Independent Inquiry "To examine the circumstances surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower", and the second is the Hackitt Report; an "Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety". Speakers will describe what happened and, to the extent allowed by legal circumstances, why it happened. This will be followed by findings on the safety and standards used by some in the UK construction sector, including areas where there have been serious failings. Subsequent recommendations made to Government to address the issues, and the progress on these will be described. The impact of fire and structural safety world-wide will be influenced by the consequences of this tragedy.
Angus Law PhD Meng CEng MIFireE
BRE Lectturer in Fire Safety Engineering, The University of Edinburgh
The Grenfell Tower Fire – Composition and Fire Spread
In the early hours of the 14th June 2017 a catastrophic fire engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower. Seventy-one people lost their lives on that night. Drawing on material presented at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, this talk will describe the structure and layout of the building, the composition of the cladding system, and show how the fire was able to spread around the cladding of the building. Footage from the night of the fire will be presented, and the routes and mechanisms for fire spread will be discussed.
Alastair Soane BSc PhD CEng FICE FIStructE
Director, Structural-Safety, UK
Grenfell Tower Fire - The Consequences for Safety
Following the Grenfell Tower fire there was an "Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety" by Dame Judith Hackitt. Her findings were that there are many shortcomings in the safety culture of the U.K. construction industry. Recommendations were made to Government to address the issues, and progress on these for designers, constructors and regulators, will described together with the steps being taken to enhance fire safety and structural safety. The consequences of the tragedy will influence standards and behaviour world-wide.
Nate Wittasek, P.E., LEED AP, CFEI, CASp
Principal, SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER
Perspectives on the Grenfell Fire: A Look at the U.S. Response from the Standpoint of Building Codes Enforcement and Exterior Wall Systems Testing.
The fire and its consequences prompted an international discussion and highlighted the need for redundancy in fire and life safety systems in buildings, with a focus on passive construction features, fire suppression systems and means of egress. Through the lens of the U.S. regulatory system, the fire appeared to confirm the need for continued attention on the composition and arrangement of enclosure systems. The sense of many practitioners is that considerable work will be needed to refine code requirements, exceptions and test standards used by the industry as a whole to ensure the level of safety that the public has come to expect.