Following the success of the European Fire Safety Weeks (EUFSW) in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the fourth edition, organised by the European Fire Safety Alliance (EuroFSA) and its members, took place from November 14th to November 18th. On day two, a high discussion level “Putting fire safety at the heart of the Renovation Wave” took place at the European Parliament:
With the “fit-for-55” package, 2022 is marked by policy work on key files aiming to achieve a Renovation Wave: the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the establishment of a Social Climate Fund (SCF). Based on the outcome of EUFSW 2021, EuroFSA has advocated to place citizen safety at the heart of the Renovation Wave and worked with several Members of the European Parliament to include fire safety considerations in these files.
Thus, the discussions have focused on key safety recommendations addressed to EU policy-makers involved in the ongoing discussions on the reviews of the EPBD and the new SCF, the importance of these recommendations and their practical implementation to put life-saving measures at the heart of building renovations.
Video Highlights of the event:
Click here to download the Summary of the political discussion:
The high level political discussion was followed by a stakeholder workshop organised the day after, November 16th in Brussels to elaborate on the practical implementation.
The workshop brought together energy renovation stakeholders and key experts from the fire, electrical, gas and carbon monoxide safety community, during five successive sessions addressing the issue from different angles – first taking a holistic view of fire safety, before focusing on the practical implementation of fire safety considerations from the SCF and EPBD, in relation with social climate plans, one-stop-shops for building renovations, building renovation passports, performance-based design and electrical inspection regimes.
Video Highlights of the implementation workshop
The co-organisers and participating stakeholders will jointly develop a practical guide, intended for the European Commission and national authorities, on how to put life-saving measures at the heart of building renovations. It will be posted on the FEEDS website as soon as it is ready.