BUILDING REGULATIONS

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
unsafe cladding

Brokenshire tells firms they must remove unsafe cladding or face action

Landlords across the UK have been urged by the Government to remove unsafe cladding from their buildings or face enforcement action
small biz 100

Wilkinson construction consultants named one of UK’s ‘small biz 100’

Wilkinson Construction Consultants based in West Malling have been named as one of the UK’s top ‘Small Biz 100’ by Small Business Saturday
insulation

GSA restoration criticised for using flammable insulation following 2014 fire

Fire safety experts have criticised the decision to use flammable insulation in the £51m restoration of Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building, which was gutted by a blaze earlier this year
Hackitt Review

Opinion: Why we must get behind the Hackitt Review’s call for change

Paul Everall, chief exec of LABC gives his response to claims made by Paul Wilkins of the ACAI that the Hackitt Review was wrong to call for approved inspectors to be excluded from inspecting high-rise residential blocks
effective ventilation

Putting effective ventilation in the spotlight

Dave Cook, chair of the Property Care Association’s Residential Ventilation Group, sets out the trade body’s work in highlighting the issue of effective ventilation and its relevance to the construction and property sectors.
Approved inspectors

The Hackitt Review: Where it went wrong on approved inspectors

The Hackitt Review made a number of recommendations that will improve safety throughout the lifetime of a building. However, argues Paul Wilkins, it got it wrong on the role of private approved inspectors
Hackitt Review

Grenfell: The British Safety Council voices its concerns in response to the Hackitt Review

David Parr, policy and technical director at the British Safety Council, examines the final recommendations of the Hackitt Review into fire safety and building regulations
Building a Safer Future

Construction Industry Council responds to Hackitt reforms

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has published its response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ report, commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire
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

Grenfell: Where does fire safety go from here?

Theresa May has pledged £400m to strip dangerous cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower from other high-rise blocks. But Christian Pillai of MAC Construction Consultants argues that a fundamental change in culture is also needed to avoid future tragedies
Property Management

What lessons can be taken from the Grenfell disaster in regards to communication?

After the Grenfell disaster, there has understandably been a crisis of trust, property managers and landlords must learn effective two-way communication
building regulations fire safety

Brokenshire seeks views on building regulations fire safety guidance review

The government has clarified building regulations fire safety guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt, and is seeking views on the revisions
combustible materials

Brokenshire publishes consultation on banning combustible materials

The ban on combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres takes a step forwards as Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, publishes a consultation

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