PROGRAM: Tuesday November 19th

2a. Workshop: Implementation of fire and electrical safety measures under the new EPBD | In Person from 09h30 - 12h30 (CET)

The new EPBD includes several fire safety provisions that provide an enhanced framework for developing adequate measures which can contribute to a safer domestic environment for European citizens. This practical workshop aims to present how fire and electrical safety can be linked to the tools offered by the directive.

The Forum for European Electrical Domestic Safety (FEEDS) has demonstrated the predominance of domestic fires from electrical source which represent 30% of fires in the EU and 50% of accidental fires and, when it comes to fire safety, electrical safety is implicitly included.

For years FEEDS has worked on electrical safety, not only by establishing a complete picture of the situation in the EU but also by promoting a certain number of key recommendations and advice. This work can constitute valuable assistance in the development of guidelines related to fire safety within the framework of the EPBD.

European Commission representatives and different Brussels based organisations will explain what are the relevant tools proposed by the new EPBD and their functioning, in particular, but not only, the Digital Building Logbook, the Renovation Passport, the Energy Performance Certificates. A round table, bringing together different stakeholders in the field of fire safety, will then be held to discuss how appropriate measures can contribute to a successful implementation of the EPBD. This session will be introduced by a presentation on the FEEDS recommendations.

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2b. Workshop: Fire Safety and Sustainability | In Person from 13h45 - 16h45 (CET)

The climate is changing increasingly rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change has all kinds of effects, such as extreme weather changes. Limiting this climate change and preparing for its consequences also affects construction practice. Sustainability, energy efficiency, and circularity are playing an increasingly important role in housing construction. This translates, among other things, into the use of sustainable building materials (more responsible use of materials), sustainable construction methods (limiting energy use and waste and reuse), and sustainable energy supply (limiting the use of fossil fuels).

Developments in these areas are moving rapidly and influence other areas such as fire safety and housing construction. These developments put pressure on traditional (implementation) principles, introduce new risks and sometimes create conflicting interests. On the one hand, these new developments mustn’t reduce the fire safety level and on the other hand, (fire) safety aspects mustn’t hinder the sustainability and implementation of housing construction.

Regulations in the field of sustainability and fire safety should aim to serve both interests. The current structure lacks regulations in some areas and regulations in both areas do not always support each other. The purpose of this workshop is to gain insight into shortcomings and contradictions in the effects that sustainability and fire safety have on each other within residential construction. The workshop can serve as a start for an open discussion about these effects and subsequently link them to regulations in both areas. In the workshop also possible solutions can be explored.

Aim
The purpose of this workshop is to gain insight into shortcomings and contradictions in the effects that sustainability and fire safety have on each other within residential construction. The workshop can serve as a start for an open discussion about these effects and subsequently link them to regulations in both areas. In the workshop also possible solutions can be explored.

Target group
DG representatives, researchers, policymakers, stakeholders and others involved in the area of fire safety and sustainability.

This workshop is organized by: