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UL, IITGN partner to study nature of fires in buildings with glass exteriors

The goal of the study includes regulators, manufacturers and stakeholders of the fire and security community

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: December 16, 2016 9:38:39 pm
nature-of-fires-759 The goal of the study includes regulators, manufacturers and stakeholders of the fire and security community (Express Photo)

Global safety science company-UL has partnered with the IIT-Gandhinagar for an innovative project to study the nature of fires in buildings with glass exteriors. Last week fire research was conducted on a glass building exteriors to study and evolve appropriate fire safety mechanisms in India at the IITGN campus.

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The goal of the study, which includes regulators, manufacturers and stakeholders of the fire and security community, is to emphasise the urgent need for developing performance based codes and to align norms governing
fire safety with country-specific standards. IITGN faculty Gaurav Srivastava told the paper that new building technologies and struggling public safety infrastructure present new challenges and the two organisations would be looking to address these challenges through a five year long association.

While three live tests are to be conducted this month at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN) campus, where a test building with a glass façade equipped with furniture common in contemporary commercial
buildings has been built in 2 months time in a bid to replicate a real world scenario. The fire load will be implemented as per National Building Code specifications and the entire experiment which will now take place on
December 17-18 will be captured with cameras, while drones will simulate, measure, record and provide invaluable data on the spread of fire within the building.

Suresh Sugavanam, UL’s MD, South Asia said, “As increasing urbanization and changing architectural trends add innumerable buildings and skyscrapers with glass facades to our city skylines, it becomes imperative to understand the challenges posed by such infrastructure on the health and safety of its occupants and of those who protect them. Our intention, with this study, is to initiate a dialogue on the need for evolving India specific fire safety standards that address the dangers posed by modern constructions.”

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