Martin Shipp becomes IFE International President 2017-18

BRE Global’s Fire Safety Technical Development Director, Martin Shipp, was installed as the Institute of Fire Engineers’ International President.  BRE team members witnessed Martin’s inauguration at the recent IFE International Conference (11/12th July 2017). Pictured left to right: Peter Bonfield, Steve Manchester, Martin Shipp, Ciara Holland, Connor McIntosh, Jeremy Ockenden at the IFE Gala Dinner, … Continue reading “Martin Shipp becomes IFE International President 2017-18”

Is your ductwork safe?

Minimising fire risk, maximising hygiene and functionality are all good reasons to ensure your building’s ductwork is effectively maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. The new Loss Prevention Standard (LPS 2084) seeks to minimise fire risk from ducting. In response to the issues caused by ineffective cleaning and maintenance, BRE Global has launched a new … Continue reading “Is your ductwork safe?”

It all started with Johnnie

Tyres have been made from wood as well as leather,  iron and steel (wrapped around wooden wheels), and used on carts and wagons. The original spelling was ‘tire’, which comes from the French word tirer: to pull. Pneumatic tyres The first practical air-filled pneumatic tyre was made in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop, a Scots-born vet, for his … Continue reading “It all started with Johnnie”

Spacecraft to basements: exploring the frontiers of fire safety at third BRE Fire Research Conference

BRE’s 2017 Fire Research Conference brings together its most diverse programme of papers yet on contemporary fire engineering challenges, ranging from space travel and airports, to photovoltaic energy and product regulation in the wake of BREXIT. Featuring guest speakers alongside BRE fire engineers and investigators, other themes include multi-sensor detectors and fire alarms, innovations in … Continue reading “Spacecraft to basements: exploring the frontiers of fire safety at third BRE Fire Research Conference”

Reducing Gatwick Airport’s false fire alarms

Following a successful campaign to reduce false fire alarms, Gatwick Airport called on BRE experts to review its false alarm data and identify ways of further cutting these incidents. They were able to make recommendations and propose an operational process to address the remaining false alarms. Read more here

Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments

Lewisham Homes has partnered with the London Fire Brigade, BRE and the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) to carry out tests to examine how effective residential sprinkler systems are on mobility scooter fires. Steve Kilden, Fire Safety Advisor for Lewisham Homes said: ‘A growing number of residents need to use mobility scooters.  Because of … Continue reading “Mobility Scooter Fire Experiments”