Journal article

Performance of modern building facades in fire: a comprehensive review

Kate TQ Nguyen, Pasindu Weerasinghe, Priyan Mendis, Ngo Tuan, Jonathan Barnett

Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering | EJSE International | Published : 2016


Building façades are considered as one of the critical elements of a buildings especially in case of fire where poor performance façades lead to severe fire spread and building damage including human loss. There has been a significant improvement in façade design to ensure excellent building performance in terms of energy efficiency and requirements on aesthetic appeal. These changes fundamentally alter the behaviour of modern façades in fire and pose a risk to building safety and economic loss in the event of a fire. The latest incident at Grenfell tower demonstrated how vulnerable modern facades may be to fires, and emphasised how this vulnerability directly affects the safety of building ..

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