Tall buildings and crowded cities –fire safety is as important as ever

21/12/2021

Faster, taller, and closer to each other –that is the future of buildings in Europe, as cities are growing rapidly, while space is limited. There are many things to consider when building and choosing materials:  sustainability, technical properties, durability, quality, budget... and, of course, fire safety. 

Avoiding disasters

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In the past few years, there have been some devastating residential building fires in Europe. This explains why the question of fire safety has to be raised once again, while the will to find ways to avoid such disasters is definitely there.

Every European country has its own building regulations, which include specific fire safety rules. In Denmark, for example, there is a set of rules for different types of buildings, such as nursing homes, where people cannot evacuate themselves, or shopping centers, where you have a lot of people in the same place. Each set of regulations contains clear demands for materials and their fire performance.

In other countries, the building practices and regulations are different, allowing other types of construction and materials to be used, but these differences should not get in the way of our citizens’ safety. Our buildings have to be safe for people to live and work in. 

 

Non-combustibility is an important element

To achieve fire safety in buildings, it is important to adhere to all national regulations and choose building materials that meet the minimum requirements, or exceed them.

This is especially relevant when choosing insulation, as non-combustible insulation is an important element in limiting the spread of fire. In tall and complex buildings, in particular, where evacuation is more difficult and time-consuming, non-combustible materials can prevent the fire from spreading from one compartment to another and from one building to another.

All PAROC® stone wool insulation products are classified as Euroclass A1 –the highest European fire class. They are non-combustible, which means that they maintain their fire-resistant properties for up to 1000 ºC.  They can prevent fire from spreading and protect structures from collapsing for up to 4 hours.

In addition, PAROC® stonewool insulation protects combustible materials for up to 60 minutes and releases only a very small amount of smoke during a fire.

Simply put, non-combustible insulation contributes to more fire-resilient buildings. That is what the rapidly growing cities of Europe need right now. 

 

Susanna F 

Fanny Guay
Standards and Regulatory Affairs Manager
PAROC