Architects have long known the value of bringing the outside in. It’s well-rooted in science – access to outdoor and green spaces in densely populated urban areas is key to people being well and living healthily.
High-rise buildings offer a unique ability to use vertical space to provide homes and workspaces for a growing number of city dwellers. These developments increasingly feature outdoor areas like balconies, terraces and upstands to create much-needed and space-conscious access to the natural world.
With this in mind, it’s important that construction professionals – designers, specifiers and contractors – are well-versed in the fire safety regulations for the building exterior and the ways in which they can assess the performance of materials.
Lisa Stephens, Product Manager – Building Envelope, ROCKWOOL UK, discusses fire safety implications for balconies, upstands and terraces, and examines the ways in which contractors and specifiers can achieve the required performance and improve upon it.