Building control teams launch Central Building Control Partnership, Building control,

Building control teams launch Central Building Control Partnership

The building control teams from six Midlands councils have teamed up to share their knowledge and expertise.
high-rise blocks, sprinklers,

Government announces sprinkler review for high-rise residential blocks

Residents are to benefit from safer homes under plans that would see sprinklers installed in new high-rise residential blocks of flats, the Government has revealed.
Accessible homes, Habinteg Housing Association,

The looming accessible homes crisis

After publishing its recent forecast of accessible housing, Habinteg Housing Association argues we cannot afford to ignore the issue any longer.
Building safety, Grenfell Tower, fire safety,

Proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government published a consultation to create a radically new fire safety system.
Building regulation, building safety, fire safety,

Future Building Regulations: Commitment to change

David Mowatt, chairman of the Smoke Control Association, discusses Building Regulation compliance and the need for robust enforcement procedures
Building a Safer Future, BESA,

Government must embed new culture for fire safety, says BESA

Following the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation, BESA has urged the government to “embed a new culture for delivering new build and refurbishment work”.
Insulation specification, project costs,

Addressing hidden costs in insulation specification

Kingspan Insulation has published a new white paper with research from Currie & Brown exploring how different insulation specifications impact overall project costs.
structural warranty,

How to choose a structural warranty provider

Premier Guarantee explores the varying aspects of a quality builders warranty provider and some questions you can ask during your decision process.
fire doors, safety,

Timber fire doors pass strict fire safety tests

Timber fire doors have been given a major safety endorsement after every single one passed stringent fire tests that were ordered by the MHCLG following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
approved inspectors, building safety,

ACAI calls for clarity on future role of Approved Inspectors

The ACAI has urged the Government to clarify the role of Approved Inspectors (AIs) in its plans for a new system of building regulations.
Industry Safety Steering Group, culture change, construction industry,

ISSG reports slow progress on culture change in construction

The Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) report says culture change has been slow in the construction industry due in part to its “fragmented nature”.
grenfell tower fire, Fire Safety,

Government ‘not doing enough’ in Grenfell fire response, says committee

The government has been “far too slow” in reforming the building and fire safety regime and is still not doing enough, according to a report published today (18 July).
building standards, fire safety,

Scottish Government strengthens fire safety and building standards

The Scottish Government has announced changes to its building standards, which aim to strengthen fire safety in new high rise buildings.
HPL rain screen, cladding, hockmore tower,

Oxford council to replace HPL rain screen on Hockmore Tower

Oxford City Council has decided to remove and replace the HPL rain screen on Hockmore Tower after the government confirmed that towers blocks needed to remove cladding containing the rain screen.

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