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Dubai: Imposed fire laws cause 270 handover delays

The handover of 270 or more projects across Dubai had been delayed because of problems in meeting a version of the fire safety code that became law in 2012

The 2012 fire safety law requested that panels and cladding systems into which panels are installed are to be certified.
The 2012 fire safety law requested that panels and cladding systems into which panels are installed are to be certified.

With enforced fire safety rules since 2012, 270 or more building projects in Dubai have seen delays in handover, The National reported.

New building codes set for 2017 demand that cladding panels with higher ratings are being sent from authorities to consultants and manufacturers of aluminium composite panels (ACPs).

Zohaib Rahman, the division head of Danube Group’s Alucopanel Middle East business, said during the launch of the company’s new A2 ACP factory at Dubai Technopark that the handover of projects had been delayed because of problems in meeting a version of the code that became law in 2012.

The 2012 fire safely law asked that panels and cladding systems into which panels are installed are to be certified.

"The system requirement is from 2012," said Rahman. "The code was there, but many people were saying that they didn’t know. The [Civil Defence] are saying that if you don’t know, it doesn’t mean that the law is not existing."

David Campbell, the regional director for Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants, specialist in fire testing cladding systems, said that the project delays came from Civil Defence and Dubai Municipality, which is looking at the effect of fires on all external facades.

According to The National, the new codes include four tests, three of which covers panels and another entire systems.

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