PROGRAM: Wednesday November 16th

5. WORKSHOP: Putting fire safety at the heart of the Renovation wave into Practice (08h30-17h00 CET)

Live Event, Stanhope Hotel, Brussels

The number of seats is limited. Participation upon confirmation from the organisers. Priority is given to policy makers, their advisors and key stakeholder representatives!

Following the success of the European Fire Safety Weeks (EUFSW) in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the European Fire Safety Alliance (EuroFSA) and its partners invite you to join a workshop on the practical implementation of EuroFSA’s safety recommendations.

The workshop will bringing together energy renovation stakeholders and key experts from the fire, electrical, gas and carbon monoxide (CO) safety community, during five successive sessions addressing the issue from different angles – first taking a holistic view of fire safety, before focusing on the practical implementation of fire safety considerations from the Social Climate Fund and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, in relation with social climate plans, one-stop-shops for building renovations, building renovation passports, performance-based design and electrical inspection regimes.

Building on the high-level political discussion that will be held the day before in the European Parliament, the co-organisers and participating stakeholders will jointly develop a practical guide, intended for the European Commission and national authorities, on how to put life-saving measures at the heart of building renovations – notably in the context of the implementation of the future Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and new Social Climate Fund.


Welcome coffee / breakfast



by Krzysztof Biskup, Chair of the European Fire Safety Alliance (EuroFSA) and Theresa Griffin, Chair of the Forum for European Electrical Domestic Safety (FEEDS) and event moderator


Keynote speech

Gwenole Cozigou Director for Construction, Machinery and Standardisation at the European Commission, DG GROW



Session I – holistic approach of fire safety: what does it mean?

Presentations by:

Moderator: Theresa Griffin, FEEDS Chair

Additional panel member:
Diane Daems (Chair Technical Working Group Modern Building Alliance)


Coffee break


Session II – the Social Climate Fund: how to ensure fire safety in vulnerable households

Presentations by:

Panel discussion with:

  • Shane Lyons (GoGDEM EU)
  • Lieuwe De Witte (NIPV)

Moderator: Theresa Griffin, FEEDS Chair




Session III – the one-stop-shop: enabling the citizen to design for fire safety

Presentations by:
Dimitrios Athanasiou (Policy Officer ‘Buildings & Products’ – European Commission, DG ENER)
(PDF Presentation)
Zsolt Toth (Buildings Performance Institute Europe, BPIE)
Examples of one-stop-shops addressing fire safety
(PDF Presentation)

Panel discussion with:
Emmanuelle Causse (International Union of Property Owners, UIPI)
Rene Hagen (EuroFSA)

Moderator: Quentin de Hults (European Copper Institute)
(PDF Presentation)


Session IV – performance-based design: the need for fire safety engineers and the role of standards

Presentations by:
Silvia Dimova, Deputy Head of Unit Safety and Security of Buildings, DG Joint Research Council – The status and standardisation needs for Fire Safety Engineering approach in Europe
John Barry, Senior Advisor National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Ireland – Buildings Controls Act Ireland
Professor Patrick van Hees, Head of the department for Building and Environmental Technology, Lund University – Performance based design engineering

Moderated by Diane Daems – Chair Technical Working Group, Modern Building Alliance

Additional panel members Roy Weghorst Chair European Association for Passive Fire Protection, EAPFP

(PDF Presentation)


Coffee break


Session V – electrical inspections regimes

Presentations by:

Panel discussion with:

  • Dimitrios Athanasiou (Policy Officer ‘Buildings & Products’ – European Commission, DG ENER)
  • Laurent Lhardit (GRESEL)
  • Naomi Chevillard (SolarPower Europe)
  • Raphael Héliot (AVERE)

Moderator: Quentin de Hults (European Copper Institute)


Closing remarks





This workshop is organized by: