Nullifire organised a half day technical seminar on 22 February 2017 at Dusit Thani, Dubai, to discuss fire protection in buildings across the GCC, and beyond
The UAE has been long committed to ensure safety of its residents and citizens, even in terms of fire protection measures.
However, despite these efforts, incidents of fire are not unheard of in the emirates. Conscientious measures are being constantly pushed by the UAE government agencies namely Dubai Civil Defence and Abu Dhabi Civil Defence to better the already top-class living standards in the two cities.
To push the emirates fire protection agenda further, Nullifire organised ‘The Fire Protection in Building Design’ technical conference, in collaboration with Health, Safety & Security Review Middle East magazine, to bring together more than 200 delegates and top notch speakers from across the fire safety industry.
The topics ranged from enhancing fire protection solutions in building to looking at fire safety in steel structure. Both addressed by Dr Andrew Taylor, fire protection specialist, R&D at tremco illbruck. Providing reference cases from the US, he stated that most of the deaths occur not due to fire but due to inhalation of toxic fumes. He also reiterated on the importance of active and passive fire protection in buildings. As an expert in intumescent coating, he suggested that the protective top seal can go a long way in safeguarding steel structures in building.
Next in the agenda was how to holistically approach fire safety compliance for facades. Abhishek Chhabra, business development at Thomas Bell Wright International Consultant, put across the importance of implementation of fire safety plans in a building design.
The UAE complies to both American and European certifications, which may be conflicting in many cases. Michael Luna, director of compliance at Vanguard Consultancy, in his presentation support single worldwide accreditation.
Shamim Rashid-Suma, president at UAE International Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and director of business development, presented case studies of fire prevention methodology in buildings in the Middle East. She pointed out that correct placement of signages and implementation of rules go a long way in ensuring saving of lives.
The event was a tremendous success. As Eng. Captain Mohamed Alkatheeri, fire safety manager and fire protection branch manager – Abu Dhabi Civil Defence put it – “It is a very good event and its very useful as new information have come to the fore. It had very good line up of speakers who can help push the industry in the right direction.”
Nullifire is at the forefront of smart passive fire protection. For over 40 years, Nullifire has been a market leader in intumescent and fire stopping solutions. According to the company, passive fire protection is highly complex but crucially important, especially as buildings become more sophisticated. With a unique team of technical experts, everything is focused on providing what its customers need at every stage of their project - smart protection.