On 9 and 10 June 2021, the 13th International Congress Fire Safety & Science is organized by the IFV (Institute for Safety) and the Foundation Fellow FSE. In recent years, a lot of national and international research has been done in the field of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative fire fighting. This year, the latest insights will be discussed divided over four different themes: sustainable construction and energy transition, fire safety and human behavior, lessons learned, new challenges. For example, what are the latest insights in the field of sustainable building and fire safety? How should we deal with firefighting in high rise buildings? National and international experts share the latest developments, results and insights during this two-day conference.
The International Congress Fire Safety & Science is interesting for people who work in the private or public sector and are engaged in Fire Safety Engineering, risk management, fire prevention, fire investigation, or (innovative) fire-fighting or for people who are interested in it. Inspectors of construction plans, policymakers and policy advisors Fire Safety, fire departments, project developers, engineers, architects, scientists, researchers, fire suppression supervisors from fire departments, fire researchers and teachers/students of risk assessment; prevention of fire and FSE. And of course everyone involved in (the innovation of) construction- and fire safety is more than welcome to join!
In the area of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative firefighting we combine science and practice. We also continue to make the connection between fire prevention and firefighting.
The IFV and VVBA provide a Thesis Award worth € 1200 for the most innovative, relevant or fundamental master- or bachelor thesis about fire safety. The winner of the award will be announced during the congress.
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Congress with the participation of:
The program for 9 June.
Introduction themePeter Schut, IFE
Sustainable building and fire safetyRuud van Liempd, IFV (the Netherlands)
Probabilistisc approach of fire safety in parking garagesXavier Deckers, FESG (Belgium)
Flue-gas coolingThijs Geertsema, IFV (the Netherlands)
Introduction themeMaarten de Groot, VBE (the Netherlands)
To be announced
Behavioral influence among the elderlyMargo Karemaker, IFV (the Netherlands)
Fire load in circulation areasRuud van Herpen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Saxion University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)
Questions and discussion
The program for 10 June.
IFV-VVBA Thesis Award: presentations by the two nominees and award ceremonyNominees:- Leo Menzemer - Numerical simulations of brand transport in large outdoor fires- Robert Bray - Burning material behaviour in hypoxic environment
Introduction themePatries Robijn, VVBA (the Netherlands)
Fire fighting in high rise buildingsLeo de Jonge and Henk Steens, Safety
region Rotterdam-Rijnmond (the Netherlands)
Building Works and Living Environment Decree (BBL)Jenne Mul, IFV (the Netherlands)
When is a test fit for purpose? Angus Law, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Introduction themeLeo Oostveen, Fellowship FSE (the Netherlands)
GrenfellJohan van der Graaf, IFV (the Netherlands)
Comparison between Fatal Home Fires and RescuesMarcus Runefors, Lund University (Sweden)
Investigation of a massive fire in a multi-storey car park in NorwayRagni Fjellgaard Mikalsen, RISE Fire Research (Norway)
We have scheduled four differtent themes.
Sustainable and circular construction is always used in order to use raw materials and energy sparingly and to take climate change into account. Building in wood, use of bio-based building materials, demountable and green buildings are some examples of this. Current building regulations do not (yet) always take these new construction methods into account and the risks are not yet fully identified. Risks of starting a fire, the development of the fire and fighting fires in these buildings. In the FSS congress, a separate theme was therefore devoted to these new construction methods in order to share the existing knowledge in this field with the fire safety experts.
It is well known that people's behavior is an important factor in the prevention of fire and the prevention of victims in the event of fire. Nevertheless, attempts are still very often made to solve fire safety issues with technical facilities. We know more about technical facilities and it is less elusive than behavior. But we see that influencing people's behavior is playing an increasingly prominent role in solving fire safety issues. A current example of this is the application of a stay-in-place principle as part of a flight concept. Because of this necessary consideration of behavioral components in fire safety issues, this edition of the FSS congress devotes a theme to human behavior and how this can be integrated into the fire safety of a building.
During the FSS congres, we not only look ahead to what lies ahead, but we also look back. What happened and what can we learn from it for the future? Too often, after an incident, it is concluded that we "actually knew it could go wrong". Simply because it has happened before. We will discuss a number of international incidents that are exemplary for the risks in the event of a fire and of which we know that they can also take place in the Netherlands and other countries. We are usually still familiar with the incidents, but the lessons we can and must learn from them often disappear more quickly into the background. That is why this time again, the lessons learned from a number of incidents are shared with the fire safety experts and discussed during the FSS congres.
Technical and social developments increasingly mean that fire safety experts are faced with new challenges. We build higher and higher, use new building materials, new forms of energy and residents and users are less self-reliant than in the past. These are just some of the new challenges we now face. From next year there will also be a new system of legislation that we have to learn to work with. These new challenges require new knowledge about the risks and the necessary measures. As was the case in previous sessions, the FSS congres will focus on a number of these new challenges in a separate theme.
Researcher, Fire Service Academy, part of the IFV (the Netherlands)In this webinar we will talk about sustainable buildings, circular
economy building materials and biobased building materials. What is the impact of these
new types of buildings and building materials on the fire safety of buildings?
Fire Engineered Solutions Ghent (FESG) (Belgium)Deckers has been actively involved in the design of SHE systems since 2006. He graduated from the first batch of Belgian Fire Safety Engineers (2007) and worked for 2 years as a researcher at Ghent University on fire experiments in underground infrastructure. Since 2009, he has been responsible for a team of 18 fire engineers at FESG.About the presenation: FESG has developed a model for a probabilistic approach to the fire safety of parking garages, including parking cars on non-fossil fuels.
Researcher, Fire Service Academy, part of the IFV (the Netherlands)There has been international discussion for many years about the best way to cool flue gases. In recent decades, the pulse method has become popular in Europe as a result of Swedish research. Straight streams are still used in North America based on the principles cool hot surfaces. The pulse methods as taught in the Netherlands in recent years were experienced in field, both by firefighters and instructors, difficult to implement within the training options that apply in the Netherlands. Partly in view of the international discussion, the question was therefore whether it could be easier by applying the so-called half moon method. Last year, the IFV Fire Service Academy conducted practical research in a stone building to compare the cooling effect of the different nozzle techniques (LD, HP arc and pulse, DOS half moon) and flow rates. The results of this research will be published shortly and we will discuss them with you in the presentation.
Researcher, Fire Service Academy, part of the IFV (the Netherlands)In February 2019, she started as a PhD candidate at Maastricht University. Her research is about developing an intervention to change the behaviour of elderly to improve fire safe behaviour in their home.In the presentation Karemaker will discuss her research
into behavioral influence among the elderly. How can a protocol like
Intervention Mapping help in developing an intervention to promote behavior
change among this target group? She will also present the first findings of a
needs assessment: what does the target group know about fire safety, who do they
think is responsible for fire safety in their homes and are they willing to
change their behavior?
Eindhoven University of Technology, Saxion University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)Besides appointments at the TUE and saxion, Van Herpen is a senior fire safety consultant in projects of different companies where a performance based approach is inevitable. These projects vary from residential buildings to public buildings, industrial buildings and also infrastructure buildings like tunnels and locks.The presentation is about the following questions: Are
combustible objects in escape routes acceptable? Fire load belongs in fire
compartments is the general opinion. Nevertheless, the Dutch Building Code does
not prescribe that the (extra protected) escape route must be free from fire
loads. But what is acceptable then? Is it possible to park your mobility
scooter in a traffic zone in a residential building, or does that depend on the
Safety region Rotterdam-Rijnmond (the Netherlands)The Netherlands Fire Service is concerned about fire fighting in high-rise buildings The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is also receiving more and more questions about fire safety facilities in high-rise buildings, partly in relation to the height categories used. The Institute for Safety (IFV) is now supporting the Netherlands Fire Service with an action plan to map out the problem of fighting fires in high-rise buildings and to see how this can bee improved with fire prevention facilities.
Henk Steens Leo de Jonge
Researcher, Fire Service Academy, part of the IFV (the Netherlands)The IFV will soon start an investigation about the differences between the Building Decree (BB) and the Building Works and Living Environment Decree (BBL). In this study, not only the differences in requirements are investigated, but in particular what these differences mean for the level of fire safety.
Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)Testing is an important part of the regulatory system for fire safety. What,
though, is the purpose of a test – and how do we know if a test is fit for this
purpose. This talk will explore why and how we test – with a particular
emphasis on large scale cladding testing.
Researcher, Fire Service Academy, part of the IFV (the Netherlands)Both the 1st report of the Grenfell Inquiry as well as the report of the ATGB have been published. At the time of FSS2021, the opinion of the Dutch government will be public available as well as the results of the inventory by the municipalities. All in all, enough developments to discuss in this talk, the lessons that are learned and what the consequences are for the Dutch situation. Also, the associated results of the research in Oudewater will be involved.
Lecturer at Lund University, division of Fire Safety Engineering (Sweden)The presentation will describe the nature of fire service rescues in Sweden – how are they performed? How important is response time? It will also compare rescues with falitites and describe the patterns that emerge.
Researcher at RISE Fire Research (Norway)Dr. Ragni Fjellgaard Mikalsen is a research scientist at RISE Fire Research in Trondheim, Norway. Dr. Mikalsen's areas of interest include evaluation of fires, fire safety of energy efficient buildings (solar installations, batteries), smouldering fires and reaction to fire properties of materials. Dr. Mikalsen believes that science communication is key to make our society a more fire safe place.The large fire at the
multi-storey car park at Stavanger airport Sola, 7 January 2020 will be
presented. The focus is on fire spread, mitigation efforts, contribution from
electrical vehicles and environmental impacts. Fire safety design challenges related
to the governing Norwegian building regulations will also be presented.