Kalani C. Dahanayake

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Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
City University of Hong Kong
83, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Publications in Fire Ecology

Moisture Content, Ignitability, and Fire Risk of Vegetation in Vertical Greenery Systems
Pages: 125-142
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.140112514

Vertical greenery systems (VGS) are getting popular as a green cladding material. However, they have not been adequately assessed in terms of fire safety. Lack of maintenance and improper irrigation systems will cause drying of plants in VGS, creating substantial fire risk. Dry plants may be easily ignited and intensify the vertical spread of fire. However, potential fire hazards of VGS are barely discussed in the existing literature. The moisture content (MC) of a plant is one of the most critical factors affecting its ignitability. This study explores ignitability and fire risk of plants under radiative heat flux at different MCs.  [Read More]

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