Cities in the sky - challenging their safety

One day conference

12 March 2013 - BRE, Watford

Details :

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.

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

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