Tall building façade fire incident database

The data set created and used the CTBUH sponsored work can be downloaded as a CSV file. The terms of use for the data is that the following reference must be cited:

Spearpoint M J, Fu I, Frank K. Façade fire incidents in tall buildings. CTBUH Journal, Issue II, 34–39, 2019, global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/4063-Journal2019_Issue%20II_ FacadeFireIncidents.pdf

 

Notes

Not all of the data is complete. The following notes regarding the columns in the CSV file and the published reports should be consulted in conjunction with the data.

 

Column A – Incident ID. Incident ID in no particular order

Column B – Location. Name of building and region / city.

Column C – Date of incident. Not all dates are known, or only approximate dates are given.

Column D – Description. Brief notes on the building, incident, etc.

Column E – Floors. Number of floors above ground where identified from the literature

Column F – ML_Floors. Numbers of floors used in the machine-learning exercise. In some cases a floor number is given even though it was listed as Unknown in Column E by using Google Maps to view the building.

Column G – Type. Predominant building type / building type where fire predominantly occurred.

Column H – ML_Primary type - Building type where fire predominantly occurred used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column I - Architectural height (m).

Column J – ML_Height (m). Building height used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column K – Country.

Column L – ML_Country. Country classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column M – Region.

Column N – Year built. Year building completed.

Column O – ML_Year built. Year building completed used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column P – Year refurbished before incident. Year in which the building was refurbished, where applicable.

Column Q – ML_Age at incident. Difference between year built and incident year used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column R – Construction type.

Column S – ML_Construction. Construction type classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column T – Façade description. Description of the façade construction.

Column U – ML_Façade type. Façade type classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column V – ML_Cavity. Cavity classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column W – ML_Face material. Face material classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column X – ML_Core material. Core material classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column Y – ML_Insulation material. Insulation classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column Z – Cause. Cause of fire.

Column AA – ML_Cause. Cause of fire classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AB – Starting floor. Floor on which the fire started.

Column AC – ML_Ignition floor. Ignition floor used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AD – Casualties. Number and type of casualties.

Column AE – ML_Fatalities. Number of fatalities used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AF – ML_Injuries. Number of injuries used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AG – Sprinklers. Description of sprinkler system performance, where applicable

Column AH – ML_Sprinklers. Sprinkler performance classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AI – Wind as a factor. Description of wind factors, where applicable.

Column AJ – ML_Wind. Wind classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AK – Falling material as a factor. Description of falling material, where applicable.

Column AL – ML_Falling material. Falling material classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AM – Fire limited. Description of any factors that limited the fire development.

Column AN – Code. Building code used during the design / construction of the building.

Column AO – Windows / AC. Description of whether windows or air-conditioning played a part in the fire development.

Column AP – Under construction. Was the building under construction at the time of the incident?

Column AQ – ML_Under construction. Under construction classification used in the machine-learning exercise.

Column AR – Latitude. Latitude of building.

Column AS – Longitude. Longitude of the building

Column AT – Elevation (from sea level, m). Building elevation above sea level.

References are given in columns AU onwards.

Download the .CSV file here.