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    Cities in the sky - challenging their safety

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    12 March 2013
    BRE, Watford

    One day conference


    Around the globe high-rise buildings and super high-rise buildings are appearing like never before.  Whilst the race for the tallest is hard, the industry is also producing beautiful and interesting buildings, rather than the functional boxes that were common in the 1980s.

    There are, however, concerns on their safety, types of materials used, evacuation, structural resistance to fire and extreme events.  Engaging the whole built environment the focus of the event will be on fire and safety with discussions on how sustainable and secure tall buildings are.

    Event programme

    1000       Welcome and Introduction, Roy Bishop, International President of the IFE

    1010       Innovation in the design of tall buildings, Thouria Istephan, Sir Norman Foster & Partners

    1035       Tall buildings and ADB, Brian Martin, DCLG

    1100       Coffee

    1130       Managing emergency evacuation and response, Chris Stoddart, Heron Tower 

    1155       BRE Trust research into fire risk in tall buildings, Dr David Charters, BRE

    1220       Questions/discussion

    1230        Lunch

    1330       Callow mount – Retrofitting sprinkler systems, Steve Seaber, BAFSA

    1355       Passive fire protection – getting it right, Wilf Butcher, ASFP

    1420       Fire-fighting challenges and solutions, TBC

    1445       Tea and Coffee

    1515       Fire strategies for tall buildings, Neal Butterworth, Arup

    1540       EPSRC research project, Prof Luke Bisby, BRE Centre University of Edinburgh

    1605       Questions/discussion

    1615       Close

    Intended audience


    Building Control Officers

    Approved Inspectors and Fire and Rescue Service Officers

    Facilities and Asset Managers

    Red Book listed companies and other manufacturers (e.g. Façade, Glazing and Lift Manufacturers)

    Fire Engineers

    Structural Engineers

    Building Services Engineers

    Lift Engineers




    Trade Associations



    Regulators and Insurers

    For more information:

    BRE Global Training and Events Team
    +44 (0) 1923 664662

    For more information

    BRE Global Training and Events Team
    +44 (0) 1923 664662