Understanding the role of the Society of Façade Engineering

The Society has been supporting discussions and workshops on cladding fire safety

CIBSE Journal February 2018 facade competition

Façade of the Year 2017 winners (clockwise from top left): Tate Modern, V&A Museum entrance, Berkeley Hotel entrance

After the recent announcement of the Façade of the Year award winners, Saverio Pasetto FSFE, Society of Façade Engineering chair, explains the society’s role

The Society of Façade Engineering (SFE) aims to promote excellence and best practice in façade engineering. It offers a forum where architects, structural engineers, building services engineers and façade engineers can talk and gather expertise.

Founded in 2004, as a joint initiative between RIBA and IStructE, the SFE is a division of CIBSE and has more than 1,000 international members across all grades. It has been supporting discussions and workshops on cladding fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. This has included a response to the government’s call for evidence via a committee led by SFE founder and former chair Chris Macey.

The society’s technical meetings give members and non-members the chance to listen to eminent speakers on a variety of related disciplines and case studies, while the annual Façade of the Year award receives entries from all over the world. For more information about the Society of Façade Engineering, its activities and contacts, visit www.cibse.org/sfe