For more than 175 years, our scientists and loss prevention researchers have been the driving force behind the FM Global Group's engineering expertise, and a key factor in understanding and reducing client loss exposure.

At the FM Global Research Campus, we blow things up, burn things down and recreate nearly every natural hazard imaginable to understand the hazards that threaten client facilities. Armed with this science, we help clients reduce the likelihood and severity of property loss.

At the Fire Technology Laboratory, we continue to advance our understanding of how materials and fire behave, measure and learn from the rate of heat release from different configurations of materials, and determine combustibility and protection requirements for different commodities produced and used by our clients.

Spanning 108,000 square feet (10,000 square meters), FM Global's Fire Technology Laboratory is the centrepiece of the Research Campus and the largest facility of its type in the world. The laboratory's sheer size allows researchers to replicate warehouse-sized fires of up to 1,093°C (2,000°F). Through this full-scale testing, our researchers and engineers develop property loss prevention solutions that ultimately minimise operational downtime, supply chain interruption and loss of market share for our clients.

The Natural Hazards Laboratory helps researchers further understand what causes building materials to fail during natural events such as hurricanes, flood and earthquake. From this research, better ways to design buildings to resist the effects of nature are developed.

Researchers can now replicate even the toughest weather phenomena, and recreate hurricane-force winds of 257 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour).

Inside the laboratory, a hail gun launches ice balls of varying sizes to simulate moderate and severe hail storms, and a debris cannon shoots simulated windborne wood projectiles at speeds matching those of a real hurricane, to determine the impact resistance of doors, windows and siding.

To address seismic risk, an earthquake shake table replicates three-dimensional earthquake motions of all intensities, allowing scientists to study the effects of earthquake shaking on structures and non-structural systems such as equipment, piping and storage racks.

The laboratory is also equipped with a powerful xenon arc ultraviolet (UV) accelerated weatherometer to measure the effects of the sun's UV radiation on building materials that have been exposed for long periods. Testing includes accelerating the weathering of all types of building materials to determine precisely how to design and install each material for long-term performance.

All of this research is conducted to help clients understand building products and strategies that can protect their businesses from loss.

Electrical ignition sources are one of the top three causes of fire and explosion in buildings containing ignitable gas, liquid and combustible dust. At the Electrical Hazards Laboratory, FM Global applies scientific study and improved testing capabilities to learn more about conditions that cause losses to equipment in these hazardous environments.

Fire is the leading cause of property loss worldwide, but devastating fire loss has been proven to be preventable with the proper sprinkler protection. By establishing performance criteria and through rigorous testing, engineers and researchers at the Hydraulics Laboratory have played a major role in FM Approvals' certification of devices used for cost-effective fire protection.

Projects undertaken at the Hydraulics Laboratory are driven by the needs of industry and by our clients' desire for fire protection that is effective, affordable and flexible. At the laboratory, sprinkler performance capabilities are scientifically understood and empirically tested. There is no question about a system’s effectiveness after testing.