Fifth International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference focuses on issues arising from Grenfell Tower blaze

The rate and complexity of tall building construction is increasing worldwide, with cities forecast to house many more people in such structures as the years progress. In parallel, the tragedy that occurred at Grenfell Tower in London back in June, along with several other similar fire episodes in tall buildings around the world, has highlighted the need for a review of fire safety Best Practice, engineering and risk management.

With these factors in mind, the Fifth International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference will take place on 19-21 June 2018 at ExCeL, London alongside FIREX International. Supported by event organiser UBM, Day 1 at conference will consider design and fire engineering in tall buildings. Day 2 is set to focus on the management and insurance of fire risk in tall buildings, while the third and final day will evaluate Best Practice for firefighting in tall buildings.

Speakers already confirmed to make presentations include Justin Francis (Australia) who’ll be discussing his Winston Churchill Fellowship studies into tall building evacuation. Francis has travelled to eleven countries in a bid to examine current Best Practice. Also speaking is Merlyn Forrer (UK). Forrer will detail his research and studies into external thermal insulating cladding systems and fire performance tests.

Curtis Massey from the US is looking to detail current Best Practice regarding firefighting in high rise structures, while Stewart Kidd (also from the UK) will give a status update on tall building construction fire safety issues.

Conference director Russ Timpson commented: “This is a timely opportunity to bring the global fire safety community together and discuss a ‘way forward’ for tall building fire safety. With a great line-up of world class speakers, this should be a seminal event for those concerned with learning lessons from Grenfell Tower as well as other recent tall building fires.”

*All conference delegates will be granted VIP access to FIREX International and associated exhibitions running in co-location, among them IFSEC International and The Facilities Show

**Further details on the Tall Building Fire Safety Conference can be found at

***Additional information about FIREX International 2018 is available at

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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