In this video Mr. Hak van der Sijp from HDI Risk Consulting in the Netherlands discusses how the reintroduction of flammable building materials used in construction due to a new focus on sustainability requires extra caution and preventative measures to be taken against the risk of fire. What follows is a summary text of the video which was originally recorded in Dutch.
After a large part of Amsterdam burned down in 1452, for the second time, it was decreed that houses must be built of stone, and straw roofing replaced by tile, and until the 20th century, fire-hazardous companies were increasingly being banished to the outskirts of the city.
Now, as construction methods are more and more focused on sustainability, previously avoided flammable materials are being reintroduced. One common example of this is the use of more insulation material to meet the required insulation value in accordance with the “Building Decree”.
By reintroducing flammable materials in building again, we are increasing the potential for large fires. Fires are a huge attack on the environment. Sustainable building needs to take account the consequences for the environment in the event of a fire, and seek to limit possible fires by taking proper preventative measures.