Institution of Fire Engineers International President Roy Bishop will be among the speakers looking to challenge the safety of high-rise buildings at a conference to be held at BRE in March.

'Cities in the sky - challenging their safety' will look at the risks presented by the fact that globe high-rise buildings and super high-rise buildings are appearing like never before.

The event takes place at the Building Research Establishment in Watford on 12 March and looks to highlight an issue that BRE Trust's Dr David Charters describes as a growing concern for many in the fire engineering field.

"Whilst the race for the tallest is hard, the industry is also producing beautiful and interesting buildings, rather than the functional boxes that were common in the 1980s," Dr Charter explained.

"There are, however, concerns on their safety, types of materials used, evacuation, structural resistance to fire and extreme events.  Engaging the whole built environment the focus of the event will be on fire and safety with discussions on how sustainable and secure tall buildings are."

The IFE president will also be joined by Brian Martin from the Department of Communities & Local Government, Steve Seaber of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and Arup's Neal Butterworth.

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Posted 28/02/2013 by