Fire in Historic Buildings

This morning course will be provided by Steve Emery of Oxford University. The first talk will provide an overview to fire in historic buildings, and give an insight into the development of fire in historic buildings. It will cover some of the key components to look for during an inspection and where the main risks of fire are within historic buildings. His second talk will address fire regulations and precautions to take to protect your building, particularly in relation to fire doors.

Steve Emery will also present an overview of his latest research, following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in April 2019, examining the strength of limestone when subjected to heat.

Steve Emery CGIFireE currently works for Oxford University as a Fire Safety Officer. His previous roles have included National Fire Advisor for English Heritage and Historic England from 2001 until 2016, and Fire Safety Officer in Bath with Avon Fire and Rescue Service. He is the Chair of the Heritage Building Special Interest Group at the Institution of Fire Engineers. Steve currently also teaches on Conservation courses at Bath University, Birmingham University and Weald and Downland museum.


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