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September 29, 2022

Grunde Jomaas, FRISSBE and ZAG

There is a need for science, testing and standards, both on new materials and new energy systems in green buildings, and on the links between fire safety and sustainability.

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Brian Meacham, Meacham Associates

Further underlined the need for data on changing fire risks with green buildings. Data is not keeping up with the implementation of new technologies, green materials, façade insulation, photovoltaics, energy storage, etc.

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Yosr Melki, Knauf Insulation

Keeping people safe is critical for all buildings. She calls for wide value chain cooperation to integrate sustainable construction and fire safety, engaging design engineers and architects, materials suppliers, the construction industry, as well as researchers and regulators

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Fanny Guay, PAROC

Industry wants European standards, to facilitate placing on the market and to ensure demanding levels of fire safety. The EU has regulatory tools which can support this, in particular the Construction Products Directive and the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive, but in the latter fire safety is only included marginally.

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Research gaps for integrating fires into LCA

A Fire Safety Journal article and a thesis from Oregon State University find little existing science and identifies research and data gaps.

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Data on environmental emissions from fires

New report analyses emissions from fires, susceptible to have health or environmental impacts, with an Emission Factor database for 90 materials.

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Review of environmental impacts of fires

NFPA-funded study proposes framework for quantifying environmental impact of fires and identifies research gaps. As above, most of the c. 60 references concern environmental impacts of wildfires or of major fire incidents, fire statistics reports or ISO methodologies.

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EU FireStat project reports 3 – 5

Efectis has published reports on several packages of the EU FireStat project on fire data and cost/benefit analysis of fire safety actions (“Closing data gaps and paving the way for pan-European Fire Safety Efforts”, see DG GROW above).

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Fire safety regulation of upholstered furniture & mattresses

EU FireStat report concludes fire safety regulation upholstered furniture and mattresses in Sweden offers net cost benefit, but with high uncertainty. This is the report of package #5 of the EU FireStat project (see above), led by Efectis, with this work package carried out by Lund University.

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SFPE Handbook of Fire and the Environment

New 500 page reference work from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers on fire impacts on the environment, including mitigation and sustainability.

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September 12, 2022

EU JRC reviews SSbD approaches

Commission report analyses objectives and existing tools for assessment of “SSbD” for chemical, but ignores durability. The 184 page report reviews existing frameworks relevant to “Safe and Sust...

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pinfa GA addresses the Green Deal

pinfa members working together on opportunities offered by for PIN flame retardants by the EU Green Deal.

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New chairman of pinfa-NA: Carolyn Pressley

Pinfa North America has elected Carolyn Pressley, Budenheim USA, as Chairman for 2-year term, from 1st July 2022.

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Safety by Durability

pinfa infographics explain why chemical stability of PIN FRs is key to Green Deal product durability objectives.

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Road to Flame Retardant Commercialisation

pinfa-NA member, Dr. Anteneh Worku (FR Adviser LLC) presents challenges of FR design and production. pinfa North America (pinfa-NA) was a sponsor of the ACS Fire and Polymers 2022 workshop

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Possible restriction of halogen FRs in E&E

State proposes to restrict all halogenated flame retardants (HFFRs) in E&E enclosures and stands. The proposal from the Washington State Ecology Department takes forward the SAFER “priority products” process (law RCW 70.365, see pinfa Newsletter n°108).

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Cancer recognised as firefighter health risk

The WHO’s IARC has classified cancer as an exposure risk for firefighters. At an expert meeting 1st July 2022, IARC classified occupational exposure as a firefighter as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1)

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EU reports record wildfires in 2022

The EU’s Copernicus (CAMS) data show record wildfire activity in South West Europe. Germany, Eastern Europe and Baltic States are also affected.

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Whirlpool sued 1.3 M£ for tumble-dryer fire

Legal action by a London borough adds to payments already made to 37 residents and recall of half a million driers. In August 2016, a fire started in a flat on Heathstan Road, Shepherds Bush, caused by tumble drier (according to the London Fire Brigade investigation).

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Miami plane crash landing fire

126 people escaped with no major injuries when RED Air MD-80 crash landed and caught fire at Miami International Airport 21st June 2022.

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Court orders 8 M£ for combustible cladding

UK court condemns contractor to pay replacement costs of combustible polystyrene insulation cladding and fire barriers.

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Do flame retardants impact smoke toxicity?

Furnished room fire tests conclude that flame retardants do not increase smoke toxicity. The room tests are described in Blais 2020 (see pinfa Newsletter n°104).

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PlasticsEurope calls for faster recycling

The EU plastics industry federation reports on benefits and opportunities of recycling and calls for incentives. The “ReShaping Plastics” report (SYSTEMIQ for PlasticsEurope) says current industry and policy actions could more than double plastics recycling from 14% today to 33% in 2030, reducing greenhouse emissions and waste.

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“Circularizing the Electronics Industry”

z2data Webinar with Design Chain Associates says circularity drives to sustainable chemicals, and EU Green Deal policies will make this happen.

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