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Focus on sustainability and fire safety in the EU

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A new EU directive on the energy performance of buildings is to result in comprehensive energy renovation and strengthen the focus on obligations related to fire safety. This is explained by Bendt Bendtsen, who is a Danish member of the European Parliament and was the main negotiator for the new directive.

What is the purpose of the new energy performance of buildings directive?
– It is intended to stimulate energy renovation of existing buildings. The old directive from 2010 had a lot of requirements for new buildings, but we only build about 1% building stock a year, while 80% of our existing buildings will be in use in 2050. So, in order to have well-functioning and efficient energy consumption and make Europe more sustainable, we have to energy-renovate many more buildings – in fact, three times as many as today. Only by making our buildings more energy efficient can we cost-effectively achieve the climate and energy goals for Europe. This includes fewer fossil fuels, less import from Putin and better indoor climate for European citizens.

What role does fire safety play in the directive?
– A completely new obligation in the building directive is that member states must prepare long-term renovation strategies to achieve highly efficient and de-carbonised building stock in 2050. In the national long-term renovation strategies, the member countries can both tackle fire safety and estimate the strategies’ significance for health and indoor climate – including the safety of residents and users. According to the directive, the EU countries will – by both building new buildings and through major renovations – take healthy indoor climate conditions and fire safety into account. It is important that the industry and stakeholders insist that the governments of the EU countries live up to their obligations. First of all, when the directive is to be implemented in March 2020, but also when the directive is used in practice.

How do we ensure fire safety generally in the hunt for energy efficiency?
– Energy renovations provide a clear opportunity to tackle fire safety in a way that is the least inconvenient and least financial burden for owners, residents and users. When you energy-renovate, it makes sense to take a position on whether all fire-safety measures have been taken, and whether technical or structural changes can be made to buildings that can improve fire safety.

Joint European building regulations have been discussed before. Is this the beginning of developments in this area?
– I do not think that a European building regulation is very likely. My impression is that the governments of the EU countries will continue to insist the geographic location and placement of buildings will be too nationally specific to justify a European building code. I think that it is already a major step forward for Europe and European citizens that our EU countries have obligated themselves to have a highly efficient, de-carbonised building stock in 2050 by looking at energy performance. The toolbox for getting there is in the hands of the governments of the EU member countries, and rightly so.

Facade fires that have occurred in recent years, including, most recently, the Grenfell Tower in London, have had major consequences in Europe. What is the EU doing to confront this problem?
– In the building directive, we have focused on obligations related to fire safety. This is a good first step, but, of course, it requires that the EU countries are conscious of their responsibility when the directive becomes national legislation. In addition, I have just presented a proposal regarding the EU’s 2019 budget to improve fire statistics in Europe. An improved statistical basis is the first step towards being able to optimise fire safety efforts in the EU countries. Today, there are very different national approaches and calculation methods when it comes to fire safety. It would be good to have a joint European data basis so we can identify ‘best practice’ in the EU countries’ fire safety efforts more easily – and, in time, even start European fire safety measures.

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CFPA Europe publishes first European guideline for cybersecurity in SMEs

CFPA Europe publishes first European guideline for cybersecurity in SMEs

The “CFPA-E Guideline No 11:2018 S” is based on the German VdS 10000 guideline and is available free of chargeSmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular often find it  difficult to adequately protect themselves against cy-bercrime and the loss of important data, since comprehensive security measures entail high costs and considerable effort. To remedy this situation, the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations Europe (CFPA Europe), an alliance of more than 20 national safety organizations, has now developed the first European cybersecurity guideline especially for SMEs: the CFPA-E Guideline No 11:2018 S, “Guideline on Cyber Security for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.” This is based on the well-known German Guideline VdS 10000 (formerly VdS 3473) and provides an ap-proach that enables small and medium-sized enterprises to protect them-selves against cyber risks in an appropriate and affordable way.The CFPA-E Guideline No 11:2018 was published by CFPA Europe at the end of 2018 and is available free of charge at www.cfpa-e.eu.

Endorsement by European insurance association

The association Insurance Europe has officially endorsed the new guideline: For the first time, European guidelines are thus now available that are specially tailored to the needs of SMEs and are supported both by re-nowned safety institutes throughout Europe and by the European insurance sector.The guideline helps SMEs to improve their information security so that they can better resist cyberattacks. This resilience can be examined and certified on the basis of the guideline in audits – and thus also verified for dealings with business partners and insurers.

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VdS-FireSafety Cologne on December 4 and 5, 2019 at Koelnmesse: Registration of exhibitors is under way!

A renowned industry gathering in the center of Cologne comprising a trade fair, expert conferences, and forums on the topic of preventive fire protection

Cologne, March 7, 2019. Companies from the field of preventive fire protection can now secure their participation in this year’s VdS-FireSafety Cologne trade fair on December 4/5, 2019 (see below for contact details). With its successful combination of trade fair, themed forums and expert conferences, VdS-FireSafety Cologne offers exhibitors the perfect setting to present their latest products and solutions and to enter into discussion with specialist visitors.

Versatile opportunities for presentation on favorable terms

The heart of VdS-FireSafety Cologne is the large trade fair with its focus on technical, structural and organizational fire prevention and protection. A site with a complete booth can be booked for as little as €215/m² for the entire duration of the fair.

All exhibitors are also invited to stage live demonstrations, and particularly interesting displays can be integrated as stations of the guided tours at the fair. The exhibitors’ forum in the trade fair hall also offers an attractive platform for presenting new products, along with technical and service innovations.

Future Forum Fire Protection

Future Forum Fire Protection, another themed forum in the trade fair hall, has now been a regular feature of the program for two years. Future topics such as aspects of digitalization in fire prevention and protection are explained and discussed here – an offer that has proved highly popular and attracts further interested visitors to the fair.

Seven high-caliber conferences

In parallel to the trade fair and themed forums, seven separately bookable expert conferences are offered at VdS-FireSafety Cologne. These too attract many interested expert visitors to Koelnmesse. The exhibitors of course also benefit from this, as for example René Schwertfeger from T&B electronic GmbH emphasizes: “The quality of visitors is particularly important to us: Thanks to the expert conferences taking place in parallel to the fair, the genuinely interested target groups are represented here, such as fire protection officers, insurance employees, experts, and consultants.”

The expert conferences at VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2019 at a glance:

  • Structural Fire Protection (Dec 4, 2019)
  • Security and Alarm Management (Dec 4, 2019)
  • Fire Extinguishing Systems (Dec 4, 2019)
  • 46th Professional Development Seminar for Fire Protection Officers (Dec 4/5, 2019)
  • Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems (Dec 5, 2019)
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (Dec 5, 2019)
  • Construction and Fire Protection in NRW (Dec 5, 2019)

Information and booking for exhibitors

Further information and registration details for exhibitors can be found at bst.vds.de/en/exhibition/exhibitors. If you have any questions, please contact Wolfgang Bartmann, tel. +49 (0) 221 77 66 6471, email: brandschutz-messe@vds.de.

All information on VdS-FireSafety Cologne at www.vds.de/fire-safety

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The heart of VdS-FireSafety Cologne: the large trade fair with providers from the fields of technical, structural and organizational fire prevention and protection

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Numerous product innovations and live demonstrations attract an interested specialist audience to Koelnmesse.

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A crowd-puller: “Future Forum Fire Protection” in the trade fair hall

 

 

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Services include risk assessments, testing and certification, inspections, information systems for natural hazards and an extensive training program. In addition, the independent institute sets international safety and security standards with the publication of a comprehensive set of Guidelines.

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The CFPA Europe family is getting bigger

New members have joined the CFPA Europe. These new members bring experience, knowledge and good practices in prevention, fire safety, natural hazards and security.

The new members are:

  • The Polish Association of Fire Engineers and Technicians (SITP) from Poland.
  • Swedish Thefts Prevention Association (SSF) from Sweden.
  • Hellenic Institute for the Fire Protection of Structures (ELIPYKA) fron Greece.
  • Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental, Consultancy and Training Services (NTSS) from Turkey.
  • Occupational Safety, Fire Protection and Evacuation (Trajf) from Albania.
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AIAS in collaboration with Confcommercio organizes a Seminar on Fire safety and Lithium-Ion Batteries on March 7, 2019.

When can a new technology be defined as safe?

Starting from this question, the workshop will be a moment of confrontation between experts from the public sector, the research world and the industry to analyze the state of the art of legislation and good practice applicable to fire risk in industrial processes using Lithium-ion batteries for a scientific approach to analysis and risk reduction.

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