SFPE Webinar: Solving for ‘Why?’ - Grenfell Tower 3 Years On…
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When: April 20, 2020
11:00 am EST
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Mojab

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Solving for ‘Why?’ - Grenfell Tower 3 Years On… 

Presented by: Neil Gibbins, Director, GIB Fire Risk Services Ltd; Nicholas Ozog,Senior Associate,Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.(WJE); Dan Lemieux,Director of International Operations and Principal,Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.(WJE)

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower in the summer of 2017 was, quite literally, a wake-up call for all of us who gathered early that morning at Southbank Centre in London for a symposium on building physics and conservation.  What we saw unfolding before us was, sadly, immediately recognizable - another building engulfed in flames in a pattern all too reminiscent of the Address hotel fire in Dubai and so many other high-rise buildings around the world over the past two decades.

Public outcry was understandable and swift: Why did this happen? Who is responsible? What can be done? As human beings, we mourn those who were lost and feel deeply for those left behind who continue to grieve and now turn to us - architects, engineers and fire science specialists - for answers. Problem-solving is familiar territory for us. Solving for ‘Why?’ is the assignment we have been given…

This presentation will explore the issues and events that have influenced design, construction and product development over the past half-century and the unintended consequences of that history through the lens of exterior cladding and fire protection. After debating the regulatory reforms currently under consideration in the UK in response to Grenfell Tower, we will introduce Building Enclosure Commissioning as an enforceable administrative framework and cost-effective means to reconcile sustainability, cost and risk in our built environment. 

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