The rise of the warehouse and the issue of fire safety

Recent articles have noted the dash for warehouses that service our thriving e-commerce sector. Demand is strong for large, tall and clear spaces to meet our insatiable appetite for online shopping. But when you consider that the average cost of…

Why active fire protection must play a role in sustainability

In a post-Covid world, governments are being urged by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to implement deep building renovation and performance standards for newly constructed buildings into pandemic recovery packages. While reducing energy demand and carbon emissions through the use…

BSA announces support for FIREX International Connect 2021

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is delighted to announce its sponsorship, participation and support for FIREX International Connect 2021, Europe’s leading fire-safety event, which is taking place virtually from 1 to 30 June 2021. Attracting a high calibre of speakers…

Why do schools lack fire protection such as sprinklers?

The upheaval in education due to the pandemic in the past year has only highlighted how damaging the closure of schools has been and the legacy of lost learning. Further unnecessary interruption to education should be avoided, not least when…

Two unsprinklered factory fires, same outcome: two destroyed buildings

Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance takes up the story: In early April, when industrial fires broke out in two different locations, they both had the same devastating outcome. On 10 April, a fire started in a furniture…

Another huge fire at a self-storage warehouse: why are these buildings unprotected?

A fire that destroyed hundreds of rented units at a three-storey self-storage warehouse in Manchester has once again brought into sharp focus the wider impact of fire and the vulnerability of unsprinklered buildings. About 125 firefighters and 25 fire engines…

Sprinklers: the buffers needed to make buildings resilient

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance discusses: A recent Financial Times article, written by the Governor of Denmark’s National Bank Lars Rohde, highlighted the fact that a bank’s capital buffer should work much like a sprinkler system. In…

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