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Co-Creation Key for the Future of Fire Safety

Published: 2020-04-14

In a report released by the Swedish industry organisation Insurance Sweden (Svensk Försäkring) it was discovered that even though the amount of fires have decreased, the cost of the damaged done have increased, based on numbers reported by insurance companies. This report poses important questions that our own industry needs to face; how do fire safety design adapt to these societal changes and modern lifestyles? And who is responsible for this adaption?

Of the injuries reported in 2017 fire damage accounts for just under 2 percent of the total number of injuries, but for 22 percent of the total amount of claimed payments. Moreover, 6 billion SEK, or £490 000 000, was paid by insurance companies to cover damage done by fire and thunder in Sweden last year alone. This is a yearly rise by 10% the last three years. So how come that despite less fires the damage costs goes up? One possible explanation is that our homes today contains more electronics which both increases the insurance value and increases the likelihood of a fire.

Money aside, it has been found that about 100 people are killed by fires every year in Sweden, and so has it been for the last ten years. And as we can measure property damage, human losses are immeasurable. So why, despite technical and digital progress across disciplines, arent´we able to decrease the number of deaths and why are the damage costs still inceasing at a dramatic rate? Fact is, that our homes and households have changed and how we use electronic devices are completely different from ten years ago. Has the way we work with preventive fire protection been able to keep up?

With the numbers in, the answers has to be no. And it makes us wonder who is the responsible actor in this, who should be in charge the development of fire safety. In most cases, what dictates the rules of fire safety is standards and regulations, which have been decided on national and international levels . Standards may be described as voluntary consensus solutions to common problems, like guidelines, formulas or recommendations agreed upon by experts in that certain area. These are developed to facilitate the process of developing quality services och products and to keep a high level within industries. Can we then say that it is up to the creators of standards and regulations and hold them accountable for the stagnation of the fire safety industry?

We´d like to say that we are all play parts in co-creating a fire safe world. For us as an actor within this industry, we see that we have to all play our part to work towards a safer society. One way how this is done is research, one is technological innovation and the last is collaboration. With proper knowledge, qualified tools and ambitious teamwork we hope to lower these numbers. With our research, and Bimfire Tools as a result of our work, we try to play our part. Safety by co-creation.

Do you wanna know more about BIM-modelling or how we at Bimfire are working towards a safer future? Don´t hesitate to reach out.

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