BUILDING REGULATIONS

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IOSH urges ‘visible action’ from new building safety regulator

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has responded to the new HSE regulator announcement, urging “visible and tangible action” on improving building safety.
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Changing of the guard in electrical safety

Lesley Rudd, who takes the reins of consumer protection charity Electrical Safety First in February, discusses her priorities in the role and those of the new government, as well as the key issues around electrical safety in building control.
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A new guide for acoustics, ventilation and overheating

A new residential design guide covering acoustics, ventilation and overheating has been launched by the Association of Noise Consultants. ANC chairman Dan Saunders takes a look at how it addresses these increasingly important issues.
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ANC launch new acoustics, ventilation and overheating guidance

The Acoustics Ventilation and Overheating (AVO) Residential Design Guide has been launched after nearly two years of research by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC).
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Combustible cladding on high rise buildings banned in Wales

Following the Grenfell disaster, the Welsh Government has made a commitment to ban the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings in Wales.
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Grenfell Inquiry guidance must be implemented quickly, says FBU

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said that recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report must be implemented ‘quickly and efficiently’.

A specifier’s guide to fasteners and fixings

Fasteners and fixings are very often forgotten about in the build chain, and are either a last-minute consideration or left to the contractor’s discretion. However, when fasteners are correctly specified from the outset, there are huge benefits down the line. Neil Kirwan, specification manager at SFS, explains.
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FPA calls for complete ban of combustible materials on buildings

The fire that engulfed the Cube in Bolton provides a stark reminder that the issues facing UK fire safety are the result of several problems, not just Grenfell-style ACM cladding, says the Fire Protection Association.
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Grenfell Tower report blames cladding for fire’s spread

Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report has blamed ACM cladding for the fire spreading and recommends every owner/manager of high-rise residential buildings be required by law to provide their local fire service with information about the design.
Building Safety Regulator

Hackitt named government adviser on new Building Safety Regulator

Dame Judith Hackitt will provide independent advice to the government on how best to establish the powerful new Building Safety Regulator.
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The case for sprinkler systems in schools

Tilden Watson, head of education at Zurich Municipal, outlines the case for making the installation of sprinkler systems mandatory in all new build and majorly refurbished schools.
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Next generation of insulation: Lapolla FOAM-LOK FL2000

Explore the benefits of the UKs most innovative and revolutionary spray foam insulation system.
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Guidance on stair width requirements for communal areas in flats

To ensure stair widths in communal areas are both safe and accessible, it is vital to consider all related guidance and not just one areas in isolation, says Premier Guarantee.
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Fire and life safety-compliant facades

Alex Manning, associate director for fire and life safety at international consultancy AESG, discusses an event hosted by the firm looking at new guidance in the updated Approved Document B on the safe design of high-rise building facades.

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