"Safer Buildings": a cause our industry should embrace?

The concrete sector, which is at the heart of construction, must address citizens concerns regarding the safety of their homes and other buildings. Together with architects, firefighters associations, and insurance entities we have a responsibility to address the growing issue of safety and to identify solutions to tackle the concern’s of European citizens.

Concrete: the backbone of sustainable construction

March was an important month for our work in the field of sustainable construction, culminating in a Stakeholders' Debate on 27 March on how we can tackle the challenges for the future. This is just the first building block of an exciting new campaign at EU level: The Concrete Initiative! For us, as representatives of the concrete industry, the primary goal is to engage with key stakeholders at EU level on what is needed to achieve sustainable construction, what do we have to offer, and what policy framework is required. Under the emblem of The Concrete Initiative, we have joined forces with BIBM (the European Federation for Precast Concrete) and ERMCO (the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation) to initiate a reflection on what solutions we, as a sector, can provide, and what is expected from us.

Fire safety with concrete

In terms of safety, one area of concern for citizens is how well protected they are in the event of a fire breaking out.  In this document, The Concrete Initiative outlines its views on what needs to be done to ensure a high level of protection for people in buildings, tunnels and other infrastructure.

Together with architects, firefighter associations, and insurance entities, we have a responsibility to address the growing issue of safety and to identify solutions to tackle the concerns of European citizens. Every year more than 4 000 people die in fires in Europe, 80% of which start in their own homes. In the drive towards ever more energy efficient buildings, fire safety needs to be kept in mind in order to avoid increasing fire loads in buildings. Otherwise, we will continue to see an increased risk of fires occurring, more and more often with devastating consequences.

Concrete case

Concrete does not burn and concrete elements retain their strength at high temperatures, so concrete structures can withstand the effects of a fire without requiring any other form of active or passive protection. This safety comes at no additional cost and will always be there, even if the building changes over time (due to refurbishment or accidents). This means that concrete has much more to offer than other structural materials when it comes to safety.

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