infection control, ventilation,

Ventilation and infection control of Covid-19 transmission

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the hierarchy of importance among building services and facilities management, BSRIA explores the importance of ventilation in infection control within the built environment.
Fire risk assessment, protective measures

Mitigating Covid-19 risks and how that can impact life safety equipment

As more of our buildings start to open up to more people, are the protective measures we put in place against Covid-19 going to impact our fire protective measures? Neil Budd, technical manager at the Fire Industry Association, takes a look.
Building safety, safeguarding building, timber panel

Stop the spread: Safeguarding buildings against fire

As the construction industry gets back to work, there is an opportunity to put a renewed focus on building safety for both workers and occupants, says MEDITE SMARTPLY sales director Richard Allen.
Building safety bill

The draft Building Safety Bill: Major reform on its way

The draft Building Safety Bill is intended to introduce major reforms of the safety regime in the wake of the Hackitt Review. Sue Ryan, partner at law firm Gowling WLG, examines the changes it puts forward.
neurological needs, building standard

New building standard addresses sensory and neurological needs

BSI has announced a new project to create the first set of guidance for the design of the built environment to include the needs of people who experience sensory and neurological difficulties.
cladding remediation,

Committee condemns ‘badly missed’ cladding remediation target

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has condemned the ‘badly missed’ target to make thousands of Grenfell-style cladding homes safe, as it urges the new 2021 deadline be met.
building standards, SNIPEF

SNIPEF to promote benefits of building standards certification

SNIPEF is co-hosting a free webinar to promote understanding of the benefits of building standards certification, as part of its mission to disseminate the most up-to-date information to its members, plumbing employers’ association.
Building Safety Bill, Government, NBS,

Building Safety Bill: Fundamental change or fundamentally flawed?

The publication of the Building Safety Bill last month was touted as a once in a generation opportunity to improve how buildings are designed, Richard Waterhouse, NBS’ chief strategy officer, explores the bill in more detail.
fastener system,

Fasteners and heat induction technologies enable faster flat roofing installations

The construction industry and our ability to “build, build, build” is key to the UK’s economic recovery. Martyn Holloway, business development manager – flat roof at SFS, discusses how innovative fastening systems can lead to fast and reliable single-ply flat roofing installations.

Why are we failing on ventilation in existing buildings?

Good ventilation is essential in controlling damp, mould and pollutants but a lack of compliance with Building Regulations in this area is widespread. When we’re not getting it right with new builds, what hope is there for proper ventilation in existing buildings, asks James Berry of the Property Care Association.
building control,

11 key recommendations to transform building control

An industry working group has unveiled 11 key recommendations for the future oversight and regulation of the profession and building control bodies.
Certification scheme, building warrants

Industry welcomes ministerial support for certification scheme

Scotland's housing minister, Kevin Stewart has written to 32 local authorities to highlight the potential for a certification scheme to facilitate early approval of building warrants.
basement conversions, Building Regulations,

Building Regs and basement conversions

James Berry of the Property Care Association looks at the importance of Building Regulations and supporting Approved Documents covering underground structures.
Building control bodies,

Building control bodies should continue site inspections, says Government

Building control bodies should continue to undertake regular site inspections to ensure that work continues to meet building regulations’ requirements, says the government.
Building Regulations,

Built to last? Building Regulations and improving fire resiliency

When it comes to fire risk, we mustn’t confuse regulatory compliance with property resilience, says Tom Roche, senior consultant for international codes and standards at FM Global.
building safety,

Sprinkler systems mandatory in new high-rise blocks

Mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats over 11 metres tall are among the new measures to further reform the building safety system.
Acoustic standards, building regulations

UKGBC publishes guidance on acoustics standards

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published guidance to help local authorities go above and beyond building regulations, in specifying higher acoustic standards in new build homes.
Selectaglaze secondary glazing

What are the rules and regulations of secondary glazing?

Selectaglaze has gained a reputation as a leading secondary glazing specialist, creating sensitive designs with low visual impact, here, they explain the rules and regulations.
cladding crisis,

Coalition calls on government to extend cladding crisis action

New evidence has revealed the scale of the cladding crisis could impact up to 500,000 people, as a coalition of property managers urges the government to increase funding to remediate all unsafe buildings.
fire safety,

Advice for leaseholders stuck in blocks with unsafe cladding

With thousands of flat-owners across the country affected, people have woken up to the risks of unsafe cladding – Mary-Anne Bowring, MD of Ringley offers advice to leaseholders stuck in blocks with untested cladding.
Actis CPD, building regulations,

New Actis CPD focuses on Part L compliance for insulation

The new Actis CPD module, certified by the Construction CPD Certification Service, looks at how installers can ensure their insulation and membrane use complies with building regulations.
spray foam insulation,

Next generation of insulation: Lapolla FOAM-LOK FL2000

Explore the benefits of the UKs most innovative and revolutionary spray foam insulation system.
Requirement B4,

Requirement B4 for buildings of any height

Amid moves to improve the fire safety of buildings over 18m, Premier Guarantee says it’s important that, as an industry, Requirement B4 is applied to buildings of all heights.
building safety, Building Regulations,

New fire safety and Building Regulations proposed

Premier Guarantee’s Facades Technical Standards Director, Clive Everett, reviews the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government regulatory reform consultation paper for residential buildings that are 30m in height or more.
tall buildings,

High-rise buildings: Are they as safe as houses?

Following the introduction of a new industry-wide process for evaluating the fire safety of buildings over 18m tall in December, Helen Andrews, construction partner at Fieldfisher, considers whether the scheme is likely to stack up for development funders.
Grenfell tower phase 2,

Grenfell Inquiry: Companies claim its ‘someone else’s fault’

Phase 2 of the Inquiry will examine the circumstances and causes of the disaster, including how Grenfell Tower came to be in a condition which allowed the fire to spread in the way identified in Phase 1.

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