Survey and evaluation of fire research and testing at VTT Building Technology


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The fire research and testing activities at VTT Building Technology were evaluated in order to identify the future needs for services to the public sector and industry. The evaluation was carried out by interviewing 12 international experts by correspondence and by discussions with 22 present or potential customers of fire research and testing. The results showed that the fire laboratory at VTT Building Technology is perhaps the top European fire research establishment with excellent, high calibre leadership. The laboratory has earned a national and international recognition for the independence and authority for their fire research work and outputs. It has been shown beyond any doubt that the laboratory, in the views of present customers and sponsors, should be able to count on a considerably increased workload over the next five years. The topics of research with highest potential of increase are fire risk and fire performance evaluation of buildings and ships, fire fighting operations and fixed fire fighting equipment. The suggestions for future include improvement of contacts between the researchers and the clients, the research to cover more widely the needs of the whole fire and rescue community, and efforts to be made to create a system in which the interests, competence and funding from various sources could be pooled to set a better foundation for the fire laboratory as a national resource, the only one of its kind in Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages71
ISBN (Print)951-38-5089-7
Publication statusPublished - 1997
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesVTT Tiedotteita - Meddelanden - Research Notes


  • fire research
  • fire tests
  • laboratories
  • evaluation
  • surveys
  • quality


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