UL addresses UAE’s new Fire and Life Safety code
Experts from UL’s Dubai office examined and discussed new UAE Fire and Life Safety Code and updated standards related to HVAC and building cladding
UL, an independent safety science company, discussed the various building façade and cladding standards at a seminar in Dubai.
The session, which addressed the updates to the UAE Fire and Life and Safety Code, was part of the recent ‘Fire and Life Safety in the UAE’ seminar. It took place on April 23 at the Address Dubai Marina Hotel.
The event addressed the impact of the new UAE Code on the construction industry in the UAE, as well as new relevant standards for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and pre-insulated ducting.
Jonathan J. Gonzalez, regional technical lead, Building & Life Safety Technologies at UL – Middle East, was part of two sessions.
The first focused on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 standard concerning the testing and certification of cladding in buildings, and the second discussed the UL 181 standard for factory-made air ducts and air connectors.
The fire-safety standard of external cladding is of high importance in the MENA region after several blazes in high-rise residential buildings in recent years.
In many cases the rate at which the flames were able to spread around the towers has been attributed to issues related to cladding, UL said.
The company also added that helping ensure the safety of cladding, which is applied to the façade of a building for aesthetic, technical and environmental reasons, is one of the most important topics facing construction companies and developers in the region.
Hamid Syed, vice president & GM, UL Middle East, said: “UL was delighted to take part in an important seminar with a view to support greater understanding and incorporation of safety procedures in the UAE and the wider region’s construction industry.”
UL has offices in Dubai and a full-fledged lab facility in Abu Dhabi.
The firm also assists manufacturers in the UAE to meet the new testing, certification and inspection standards.