Region's largest fire lab soon to open in Slovenia
Logatec, 9 August - The Slovenian Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG) will open a new fire laboratory in Logatec in September in what it says will be the only such facility in this part of Europe. The EUR 11 million investment is to allow further advances in the research of fire resistance and flammability of materials and structures.
The laboratory, spanning a surface area of 3,500 square metres, will provide facilities to test fire resistance of products made in Slovenia and abroad. It includes two large furnaces, a purification plant and other state-of-the art equipment to test anything from micro samples up to the size of four by eight metres.
Including the equipment, the investment amounts to nearly EUR 11 million, of which the Ministry of Education and Science and Sport has chipped in EUR 2 million and EUR 2.8 million for the testing equipment comes in the form of EU funds via the InnoRenew project, ZAG said on Tuesday.
The lab, whose construction began in spring 2020, will be inaugurated on 2 September.
The new building will also headquarter the new Department for Research of Fire-Safe and Sustainable Built Environment, the namesake of the FRISSBE project within the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. It is one of only four EraChair projects that Slovenia has won.
The department aims to create and support a strong research and development centre in the field of fire safety and sustainably built environment in Southern and Central Europe. It also seeks to raise ZAG's profile in the broader research and development community, the institute said.
ZAG is Slovenia's leading science and research institute in the field of building and civil engineering. Its research and development are focused on structures, materials and environmental technologies with an increasingly systematic approach to fire safety.