3rd International Conference Fire Safety Performance-based Design
June 8th, 9h45
Ordem dos Arquitectos HQ in Lisbon, Portugal
Registration here.

Portuguese Fire Safety code is prescriptive but the performance-based approach is allowed in some cases: retrofitting buildings (if it is impossible to be code compliant), singular buildings, structural fire resistance and evacuation design. However, the code doesn’t have any performance criteria or other any kind of specific conditions for the PBD approach. AHJ approval is mandatory but AHJ officials don’t have specific FSE knowledge and feel uncomfortable when dealing with a PBD approach.
Fire Safety Engineering is growing in Portugal and there is a lot to be done concerning technical knowledge and proper regulatory framework. This conference intends to take a step forward promoting the PBD approach.
The conference will be bilingual (Portuguese and English) without simultaneous translation.

Host venue
The conference is hosted by Ordem dos Arquitectos (Portuguese Architects charter organization) and co-organized by SFPE Portugal. The conference will be held in Ordem dos Arquitectos headquarters in Lisbon.

Keynote speakers
Prof. Guillermo Rein (Imperial College, UK)
Luciano Nigro (Jensen Hughes, Italy)

Tentative program
9:45 Opening session – José Manuel Pedreirinho, President of Ordem dos Arquitectos
10:00 Prof. Guillermo Rein (Imperial College, UK) - Wildland-urban interface fires
10:45 1st Technical Session – Performance-based codes and standards
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 2nd Technical Session – Tools and methods for the performance-based approach
12:45 Lunch (not included)
14:15 Luciano Nigro (Jensen Hughes, Italy) - Performance-based design in heritage buildings
14:45 3rd Technical Session – The importance of research and full scale test as a scientific support to performance-based design
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 4th Technical Session – Case studies
17:00 Conference adjourns

Conference fees & registration
Attendees regular fee is 75€. SFPE International member fee is 25€. Speakers don’t pay any fee (abstract acceptance notification until May 11th).
The registration fee includes access to sessions, coffee breaks and certificate of attendance. Lunch is not included.
Registration is made online here.

Abstracts submission
You are invited to submit an abstract (two pages maximum) that will be accepted on the basis of their quality by the Conference Program Committee. Abstracts must be submitted by email to until April 20th using the conference template (download link in the bottom of the page). Presentations must be made by one of the authors in English or Portuguese. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Key dates
April 20th - Abstract submission deadline
May 11th - Abstract acceptance notification
May 25th - Presentation submission (PPT)
June 5th – Registration deadline
June 8th – Conference

Programe Committee
Paulo Ramos (Ordem dos Arquitectos, Portugal)
Pedro Silvano (Ordem dos Arquitectos, Portugal)
Pedro Barbosa (ANPC, Portugal)
Armelle Muller (Laboratoire et Recherche Feu CNPP, France)
Leça Coelho (LNEC, Portugal)
Wojciech Węgrzyński (Instytut Techniki Budowlanej, Poland)
Ana Tomé (IST, Portugal)
Daniel Nilsson (Lund University, Sweden)
Filipe González (FA-UL; Portugal)
Gabriele Vigne (Universidad Comillas - ICAI, Spain )
João Paulo Rodrigues (UC, Portugal)
Juan B. Echeverría (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Miguel Chichorro (FEUP, Portugal)
Chris Jelenewicz (SFPE, USA)
Luciano Nigro (Hughes Associates Europe, Italy)

About Lisbon
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies by the Atlantic Ocean and River Tagus. Its history, gastronomy, climate, lively nightlife and friendly people make it one of the best holiday destinations in Europe. Lisbon's airport has direct flights to most European countries, USA and Canada.

Around Lisbon
There’s a lot to see and do around Lisbon. You can go by train to Sintra, one of Europe's most romantic and enchanting towns, or Cascais, a delightful Portuguese fishing town where you can enjoy the beautiful Lisbon's coastline. If you prefer the contact with nature there are several sandy beaches and golf courses you can choose.

Lisbon has a warm-temperate subtropical climate. In June the temperature ranges from 17 to 28ºC (67 to 82ºF), the average rainfall is 16 mm (0,6 inches) and you can enjoy 14,8 hours of daylight, 10 of which with sunshine. The sea temperature is also very pleasant: 18,6ºC (65,5ºF) in June.

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