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An Introduction to Cladding & Fire

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 18 March 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €400

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.


  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1


Non-loadbearing external cladding systems have for many years been used to increase the thermal performance of multi-storey residential tower blocks and hence the buildings lifespan.  Increasingly, these systems are being used in new build with the cladding systems being fixed to and supported by a light steel  frame and a wide range of design solutions and materials are currently available.

The risk of fire spread in multi-storey buildings is an issue of concern. External cladding systems have the potential to quickly spread fire through a multistorey building causing potential loss of life and extensive property damage.

This one day course will begin with an overview of Fire and the mechanisms of fire spread around a building. Delegates will also gain an understanding of the generic cladding systems currently in use and information on the current requirements for systems installed on buildings above and below 18m in height as well as a review of BS 8414, BR135 and their relationship with Approved Document B.

Learning Objectives 

By the end of the course delegates will have an understanding of:
  • Fire and how it spreads around a building both internally and externally.
  • An understanding of what cavity barriers and fire breaks are meant to do
  • BS 8414-1, BS 8414-2, BR135 and the requirements of Approved Document B with respect to external cladding systems
  • Third Party Testing and Certification
  • The various cladding systems currently in use


The course will be broken into 7 modules thus:
  • Fire and Fire Dynamics
  • Legislation
  • Testing and Approvals
  • External Fire Spread in Tall Buildings
  • Cladding Applications & Systems
  • Testing Standards and Performance Criteria
  • Inspection

Who Should Attend?

This training course is aimed at anyone who is involved in the design, installation, and inspection of cladding systems, including installers, specifiers, Architects and architectural technicians, Project managers, Building Control Officers, Safety Inspectors, Insurers, Fire Risk Assessors, Fire Professionals and Facilities Managers.

Trainer Profile 

Richard Colwell, Product Manager BRE Academy

Richard has recently returned to BRE after a 4 year absence and is the Product Manager (Fire) within the BRE Academy with responsibility for the academy’s fire related courses.

He has worked in the Fire industry all his life. His career started at the Fire Research Station in 1983 as an assistant scientific officer where he worked as part of a group looking at the fire performance of materials in fire. He specialised in large scale fire testing, and fire calorimetry and was involved in various projects including looking at the fire performance of external envelopes, the fire problems associated with cabling in hidden voids and upholstered furniture. He moved from research based work to commercial testing following privatisation and started and grew the cable testing activities within BRE Global before going on to lead the offsite building envelope testing teams.  He also spent time in international business development and head of the Assessment Services team.

In 2015 Richard left BRE to become Certification Manager at BASEC, a specialist cable approval body, before returning to BRE in December 2018 to take up his current position.

Make a Booking

18 March 2020


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.