On October 7th, researchers from the FRISSBE team and the Fire Laboratory from ZAG visited the Rockwool Adriatic factory in Potpićan, Croatia. Two representatives from the Croatian Ministry of Construction, Spatial Planning and State Property also joined the meetings that day.
Anđelka Toto Ormuž, Corporate Affairs Manager at Rockwool Adriatic and Susanne Dyrbøl Public, Affairs Director, Group Regulatory Affairs at ROCKWOOL Group welcomed us. A presentation of Rockwool with particular details about the Adriatic factory, highlighting the nearly zero waste politics of the company, was given by Anđelka. Then the ERA Chair holder, Grunde Jomaas, presented the FRISSBE project and some research results about the fire risks related to the growing use of solar panels in Europe, more particularly in the frame of the REPowerEU plan of the European Commission. A more general discussion about the legislation and the lack of consistency related to the certification of building products and fire safety followed, and ideas were developed to increase the awareness of building occupants and to make the building sector safer in terms of fire safety. After the meeting, Anđelka guided the visitors through the factory, explaining step by step the production process of rock wool. The tour was followed by a very special lunch in a traditional Croatian mountain village. All in all, it was a very enlightening day that will strengthen the collaborations between ZAG and Rockwool.