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Fire safety of high-rise buildings

Lessons learned from recent fires in tall buildings By: Ruud van Herpen MSc. FIFireE Fellow Fire Engineering TU/e; Technical director Nieman Consulting Engineers

In the Netherlands, buildings taller than 70 meter are considered high-rise buildings. This building height is beyond the scope of the Dutch building code (Bouwbesluit). Therefore, additional measures are necessary to guarantee a similar safety level as in low-rise buildings. The •re in the Grenfell residential tower in London started two discussions:

  • Are the requirements of the building code safe enough for high-rise buildings within the scope of the building code, e.g. with a building height between 40 and 70 meters?
  • Do we need additional requirements for the reaction to •re for the facade in case of high-rise buildings?