review of Building Regulations

Hackitt: Impossible to rule out another Grenfell without regulatory change

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of the independent review of Building Regulation and fire safety, has warned that without changes to the regulatory system, another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire cannot be ruled out.
disabled drivers

Are city centres measuring up? Truly accessible parking is essential for disabled drivers

The Centre for Accessible Environments discusses the findings of an audit in York that examined the provision of adequate, appropriate parking.
Insurance for construction

Insurance for construction and engineering projects

We take a look at the different types of insurance that may be required or upheld in connection with a construction and engineering project.
cavity wall

The science behind the best insulation retrofits

Rob McCormack, director of Consultancy, Investigation, Training, discusses the key issues to address to ensure the successful installation of cavity wall insulation
waterproofing Systems

The importance of having basement waterproofing systems

“Basement waterproofing” is the generic name given to using a variety of techniques to prevent water from penetrating into a basement. Having a basement waterproofed correctly will ensure that a damp, dark cellar can be converted into dry, habitable space.
edwardian buildings

The Endangered List: Charting the UK’s at-risk buildings

The Victorian Society’s 2018 list of endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings highlights historically important structures in need of urgent care.
100% Hackitt

BBA and LABC urge industry to back 100% Hackitt

100% Hackitt – an industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith's report – has been launched by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA)
cladding systems, high-rise buildings, remediation work,

Cladding remediation plans still unclear for 129 high-rise buildings

Only 39 of the 457 high-rise buildings around England with similar cladding systems to Grenfell Tower have been made safe, according to records compiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)
Hackitt Review

Opinion: The case for “Hackitt Plus”

The Hackitt Review represents an important moment for the construction industry – but do we need to be more critical in how we respond to it and perhaps go further than even Dame Judith suggests? Paul Wilkins of the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) makes his case
roof safety

Engineering heritage delivers dependable roof safety

James Gooder, Business Unit Manager at SFS Fall Protection Systems, explains why today’s horizontal safety line systems provide assured roof safety without compromising building performance and aesthetic goals.

Hackitt calls on construction industry to ditch “value engineering”

"Value engineering" should be driven out of the construction industry as part of the root-and-branch reform of the sector following the Grenfell disaster, Dame Judith Hackitt has said
refurbishment sector

Government measures to improve fire safety bring security into the refurbishment sector for the...

New suggested standards for front doors to flats released in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy for the first time bring security compliance into the refurbishment sector
cladding ban

Combustible cladding ban should apply to all high-rise buildings, says IOSH

A ban on combustible cladding in the UK should apply to all new high-rise buildings, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
cladding systems

FPA aims to speed up tests for cladding systems

The Fire Protection Association has opened up its research and experimental test rigs in Moreton for commercial use due to concerns about lack of market capacity and to speed up the UK testing process

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