Mai-June 2019 - The Notre-Dame fire in Paris - CEN/CENELEC work programme building
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The Notre-Dame fire in Paris
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The Notre-Dame fire in Paris
In the late afternoon of 15 April 2019, a fire started in the roof of the world-famous church Notre-Dame in Paris. More than 400 firefighters fought the fire and after 4 hours succeeded in saving the two towers, which were integral to the structural survival of the entire edifice. After about 12 hours the fire was completely extinguished. Approximately two thirds of the wood/metal roof and the spire were destroyed and its upper walls severely damaged. Extensive damage to the interior was prevented by its stone vaulted ceiling, which largely contained the burning roof as it collapsed. Many works of art and religious relics were moved to safety early in the emergency, but others suffered some smoke damage and some exterior art was damaged or destroyed. The cathedral's two pipe organs, and its three 13th-century rose windows suffered little to no damage. Three people were injured.
Regarding the cause of the devastating fire, so far, investigators are discussing two theories involving malfunction of electric bell-ringing apparatus, and cigarette butts discovered on the renovation scaffolding. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre-Dame_de_Paris_fire)
Photo Credit: Associated Press/Thierry Mallet
It is not the first time that Notre-Dame de Paris suffered from fire and or damages. During the French revolution, it was even thought to destroy the building. Napoleon the 3rd, restaured it in the shape we knew before this last fire. This restauration was based on the drawings of the famous architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc who restaured many French historical monuments or cities such as le Mont Saint Michel and the city of Carcassonne.
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CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) are recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards at European level. These standards set out specifications and procedures in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services. The members of CEN and CENELEC are the National Standardization Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 34 European countries. European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables adopted by CEN and CENELEC, are accepted and recognized in all of these countries. European Standards contribute to enhancing safety, improving quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. They are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, research institutes, consumer and environmental organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders. CEN and CENELEC work to promote the international alignment of standards in the framework of technical cooperation with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).
Construction Products - CEN/TC 351 ‘Assessment of release of dangerous substances’ is responsible for developing harmonised test methods for the release of dangerous substances from construction products. During the course of 2019, the focus of the Technical Committee will be to develop nine deliverables addressing sampling, sample preparation, release testing, analysis of test outcomes and verification and reporting taking into account composition, fabrication and use in release scenarios of soil/groundwater, indoor air and radiations. The outcome of this work will allow the declaration of release of dangerous substances from construction products to be included in the CE marking of Construction products.
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