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FIREX to welcome world leading thinkers on high rise safety at Tall Building Fire Safety Conference 2022 – Agenda announced!

SHP brings you the latest news and updates on what the seventh International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference has to offer as it prepares to join FIREX International 2022 at the ExCeL exhibition centre, London from 17-19 May 2022. At the event, speakers from around the world will provide valuable insights into current best practice and Tall Building Fire Safety innovation. 

Delivered over three days, the conference will focus on engineering, fire risk management and firefighting in the Tall Building environment.

The full agenda has now been revealed, available here alongside all the speaker profiles.

Each day will also feature topical and relevant debates:

Day 1 – Fire Engineering

  • Brent Brooks, leading expert on high rise firefighting from Canada, will be speaking at this year’s Conference

    Chairpersons will be Gary Strong (RICS) in the morning, and Karl Wallasch (Trigon Fire Safety & SFPE UK Chapter) in the afternoon

  • A keynote from Brian Meachem: Decade of Fire Safety
  • A presentation from Maria Peacock on Fire dynamics in tall buildings, while Professor Guillermo Rein, Helen Massey and Abhishek Chhabra will all cover facades
  • The ‘Single Stair Debate’ with Tom Gilbert
  • A keynote from Fredrik Hiort on using BIM in fire engineering

Day 2 – Fire Risk Management

  • Chairpersons will be Andy Frankum (National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group) and Andrew Bulmer (IRPM)
  • Peter Baker, Chief Inspector of Buildings at the HSE, will open the conference
  • Keynotes covering UCLAN research, the Building Safety Alliance and a tenants’ perspective on tower blocks in the UK
  • The ‘Stay Put’ Debate with Tom Gilbert
  • Presentations on the golden thread development, fire detection, smoke control in buildings, waste management and building safety

Day 3 – Firefighting in Tall Buildings

  • John Esposito (FDNY) to chair the afternoon sessions
  • Keynote from Brent Brooks, a leading expert on high rise firefighting from Canada, explaining cutting edge high rise firefighting techniques
  • Presentations on PEEPS, smoke hoods, electric cars, high rise firefighter safety, and wind driven fires
  • A keynote from Dr Michael Reick on Smoke Control in High Rise Fires

Conference Director, Russ Timpson of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, commented: “There has been another spate of tall building facade fires recently (Italy, China) and people are questioning the status quo regarding long standing aspects of Tall Building Fire Safety. The seventh International Tall Building Conference seeks to address these questions and find solutions for all those who reside in high rise buildings.”

Several international fire safety membership organisations are sending delegates to the conference, which should provide a good basis for analysing contrasting approaches and policies.

High profile VIP speakers will be delivering keynote addresses and providing insights into work underway around the world on issues such as façade testing, tall timber, evacuation of people with mobility impairment, fire risk assessment and firefighting.

Previous conferences attracted delegates from architecture, insurance, building control, construction, fire product manufacturers and firefighters. The 6th International conference in 2019 was attended by delegates from 18 countries. We hope this will be exceeded in 2022.

The full programme will be available shortly, but tickets are strictly limited and you are encouraged to book and commit early.

Read the latest IFSEC Global interviews with some of the chairpersons and conference speakers at this year’s Tall Buildings Fire Safety Conference below:

FIREX International is co-located with Safety & Health Expo. Your free ticket to Safety & Health Expo and FIREX International gives you unlimited access to three other co-located events, meaning you have a unique opportunity to enhance your health and safety strategy with products and solutions from across, security, intelligent buildings and facilities management.

FIREX International puts third-party certification centre stage

This year, it has been announced that all exhibiting companies with relevant fire protection or prevention systems and materials will need to hold – or be in the process of acquiring – recognised third-party approval on their products in order to participate at FIREX.

More details on FIREX 2022 can be found here.

Fire Safety in 2023 eBook

SHP's sister site, IFSEC Insider has released its annual Fire Safety Report for 2023, keeping you up to date with the biggest news and prosecution stories from around the industry.

Chapters include important updates such as the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 and an overview of the new British Standard for the digital management of fire safety information.

Plus, explore the growing risks of lithium-ion battery fires and hear from experts in disability evacuation and social housing.

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