Following the launch in July of the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition, the new body has now appointed 21 experts to its Standards Setting Committee.

The Committee will be responsible for developing and writing the high-level standards and making sure that it fits for purpose worldwide.

Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chairs the IFSS Coalition.

Commenting on the appointments, he said that, once its high-level standards are developed, the Coalition will work with professionals around the world to deliver the standards locally.

These standards will, he added, be owned by the IFSS Coalition and not by any one organisation.

As we reported in July, International Coalition Promotes Fire Safety, the new body has been formed to tackle the challenge of an increasingly international property market that sees investments flowing across national borders, but that simultaneously lacks a consistent set of high-level global principles to inform the design, construction and management of buildings to address the risks associated with fire safety.

Differences in materials testing and certification, national building regulations or codes, and standards on how to manage buildings in use, particularly higher risk buildings, means there is confusion, uncertainty and risk to the public.

The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 not only focused attention on building and fire safety in the UK, Mr Strong explained, but also exposed global inadequacies in how fire safety standards are set around the world and identified the need for a consistent global approach to fire safety.

Last reviewed 19 November 2018