Improving the fire performance of external cladding systems

Following numerous and significant fires in the recent past, no one doubts the importance and critical nature of the fire protection of high rise building external cladding systems. Such cladding systems are often referred to as rainscreen or curtain wall…

FM Global urges better safety test for high-rise exterior claddings that have fueled deadly building fires

Costly and sometimes fatal fires in some of the world’s newest and tallest buildings have recently been stoked by highly combustible exterior claddings chosen for aesthetics, energy efficiency, weather-proofing and cost-effectiveness—not safety.  Moreover, prevailing methods for testing the combustibility of exterior claddings…

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