• 2019-03-20

    IFAB finalized the first stage of fire safety design for the Virgin Hyperloop One

    IFAB was contracted for all fire safety designs for the first stage of the project. This included the POD design, tubes and related emergency infrastructure. The project was very comprehensive including the specification of suitable design standards, fire risk analysis, fire safety concepts and ventilation/evacuation studies. See for further details.

  • 2019-02-06

    Smoke extraction simulations for underground stations in Berlin

    IFAB currently is carrying out extensive CFD
    simulations to study the efficiency of smoke extraction system and evacuation
    conditions in several large underground stations in Berlin.

  • 2019-01-28

    Successful smoke detection tests for a subsystem supplier for rolling stock

    IFAB has successfully carried out smoke detection
    tests according to ARGE Guidelines Part 1. in order to validate the correct
    positioning of the smoke detectors inside an engine room of rolling stock.

  • 2018-10-15

    Seminar according to EN45545

    IFAB carried out a seminar about the application of the norm EN45545 regulations for a company specialized on plastics railway vehicles.

  • 2018-09-21

    Development of a fire extinguishing concept for a grain storage

    IFAB developed a fire extinguishing concept for a grain storage in Hobrechtsfelde near Berlin that functions as an exhibition room and a technical museum.

  • 2018-08-21

    Car battery fire resistance services from IFAB

    IFAB has extended its services to the automobile industry by being able to carry out fire resistance tests of car batteries according to:

    • GB/T 31467.3, Lithium-ion traction battery pack and system for electric vehicles – Part 3: Safety requirements and test methods

    • E/ECE/324/Rev.2/Add.99/Rev.2, Annex 8E, Fire Resistance.

  • 2018-08-21

    Smoke tests (ARGE Standard) - Haifa, Israel

    IFAB successfully carried out smoke tests according to ARGE – Part 1. The tested new funicular vehicles are operating inside a tunnel to mountain Carmelit (in operation since 1959).

  • 2018-07-26

    Updates to our website

    Our webpage was expanded in order to meet the requirements of the GDPR. Many new pictures can be found in various subcategories. Furthermore, the references in the download section were updated.

  • 2018-06-25

    IFAB is part of the SUVEREN research project

    IFAB will carry out large scale fire tests with lithium-ion batteries as a contractor in the SUVEREN research project (Safety of City Underground Structures due to the use of New Energy Carriers). More information about SUVEREN can be found on the website

  • 2018-05-29

    Update and revision of our website

    Dear visitor,

    our website is currently being updated and revised.

    We thank you for your understanding.

    Your IFAB-Team

  • 2018-02-19

    Seminar regarding NFPA130 for a major supplier to the railway industry

    IFAB carried out a seminar about the application of the norm NFPA 130 regulations for a company specialized in opening buttons for road and railway vehicles.

  • 2018-02-05

    IFAB was officially nominated to participate in the ARGE-Guideline committee for rolling stock.


  • 2018-01-16

    CFD assessment to optimise a fire detection system for a road tunnel in U.A.E.

    IFAB was contracted  to carry out a CFD assessment to optimize the fire detection system for a road tunnel in the U.A.E. The linear heat detection technology was provided by the UK based company.

  • 2018-01-12

    Fire tests for Carmelit-Underground

    IFAB completed a series of fire tests in order to demonstrate  the performance of onboard fire suppression system according to ARGE guideline to be used in the Carmelit underground.

  • 2017-11-10

    Fire risk analysis for Rail

    IFAB has recently finished fire risk analysis for several rail projects. The latest project, related to a regional train, was delivered to Stadler (Switzerland) in October.

  • 2017-11-06

    IFAB senior manager to NFPA130 committee

    Max Lakkonen, senior manager of IFAB, was selected to the technical committee of NFPA130 (Rail & Metro). This further improves the use of IFAB’s special knowledge in rail market as a benefit to international standards. He previously has served already in the technical committees of NFPA502 and NFPA750.

  • 2017-08-07

    IFAB contracted by 4 water mist manufacturers in 2017

    IFAB’s special knowledge of active firefighting systems is appreciated by many water mist manufacturers. IFAB has carried out fire tests for four different water mist manufacturers in 2017. The tested applications cover rail, buildings and industrial risks.

  • 2017-07-12

    IFAB tested an aragonite fire extinguishing system for high-speed train

    IFAB carried out successful validation tests for an argonite fire extinguishing system protecting parts of an engine room and to secure driver protection and evacuation in case of fire of a Scandinavian high-speed train. This was the first time for IFAB testing respective fire extinguishing medium in this application.

  • 2017-05-24

    Smoke tests for Italian train manufacturer

    IFAB has successfully completed a series of smoke tests for the Italian train manufacturer FIREMA. The tests were carried out according to the ARGE guideline in order to test a fire detection system in a modified vehicle.

  • 2017-05-19

    Fire safety consultancy for Hotel Villa Monte Vino

    IFAB was contracted to put into practice the fire safety concept for the historically important Hotel Villa Monte Vino in Potsdam. New safety measures were implemented as part of the approval procedure.