Large-scale testing of façade systems has begun in Europe, and fire safety regulations for external thermal insulation systems differ from country to country. But the introduction of the new European classification, or Euroclass, is beneficial for the industry, said Emilian Petre Grigore, National Specification Manager, Rockwool Romania, a company that has invested over 50 million euros in Romania in a basalt mineral wool factory located in Ploiești. Basalt mineral wool can withstand temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius, he said during the webinar “Fire safety – prevention solutions”, organized by Energynomics.
“Basalt mineral wool can provide us with passive fire protection, ensuring the critical period in which people can be evacuated,” the Rockwool representative added. “Euroclass building materials are only a minimum of safety when it comes to relatively small fires. However, we welcome the decision of the team to draft the new Euroclass regulations, “he said.
“There are innovative materials used more and more in the construction field, but insufficiently tested, they can add insecurity. It is not yet clear how the façade systems favor the risk of fire spreading, and the declared fire performance of the systems is obtained only when the system is completed and installed perfectly “, he said.
“Conferences talk a lot about things like energy efficiency, but not about fire safety,” he added. Critical constructions include schools and kindergartens – in the last 8 years over 370 children have been victims of fires, and at least 102 have lost their lives in residential, collective housing, 70% of the rural area.
“These are worrying numbers, we are also talking about hospitals, we all know that they must be treated with the utmost importance.”
The webinar “Fire safety – prevention solutions”, was organized by Energynomics with the support of our partners: Eaton Electric and Rockwool Romania. The #better Association was our strategic partner.