Building safety

Building Advisory Committee aims to support Building Safety Regulator and drive industry best practice

Ron Alalouff reports on the inaugural meeting of the Building Advisory Committee – set up to provide technical advice and best practice. Read More

What information is required from responsible persons of occupied high-rise residential buildings? HSE releases initial guidance

An explanation of what the HSE's initial guidance requires of responsible persons for high-rise residential buildings in occupation. Read More

Ombudsman finds ‘cumulative failures’ in fire door safety by London housing association

A London-based housing association has been fined and sanctioned by the Housing Ombudsman after delays with supplying fire door information. Read More

IFSEC Global’s most read in fire safety: 2022 edition

Check out what stories and articles caught the eye of fire safety professionals on IFSEC Global most throughout 2022! Read More

Why are there fire testing capacity issues?

Neil Smith from UL Solutions, explains why and how the industry will need to collaborate to meet the growing demand for fire safety testing. Read More

Government aims to speed up cladding repairs with bolstered enforcement teams to pursue reluctant building owners

The Government has put aside £8 million to provide extra support for local councils to pursue freeholders to begin cladding repairs. Read More

Updates to Approved Document B (fire safety) published incorporating 2022 amendments

Approved Document B (fire safety) has been republished for volumes 1 and 2 to incorporate 2020 and 2022 amendments. Read More

Thousands to be spent on replacing cladding at university accommodation in Kent

The façade on an accommodation building owned by Canterbury Christ Church University is set to be replaced following defects in the cladding. Read More

Government launches pilot scheme for medium-rise buildings requiring fire safety remediation measures

The Government has launched a pilot scheme for medium-rise buildings in England to provide funding for the remediation of fire safety risks. Read More

Gove says government should “look again” at position on PEEPs

Michael Gove has suggested the Government should look again at the issue of personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for disabled people. Read More

Major UK housebuilder estimates fire safety issues on buildings could take between 5-7 years to fix

Barratt Homes has estimated that work to fix fire safety defects on buildings could take up to seven years to fix. Read More

Michael Gove reappointed as UK Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Michael Gove has once again been appointed as the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) in the UK. Read More

Calls for creation of a national fire safety strategy which goes “beyond the legislation”

A whitepaper, launched at the Fire Conference 2022, is calling for a wider discussion to create a national fire safety strategy in the UK. Read More

Compartmentation failings in residential blocks built in 2017 as council faces up to £20m in remediation costs

A local council may be facing millions in fire safety remedial costs for relatively new apartment blocks, as Ron Alalouff reports. Read More

Awareness of fire risks from lithium-ion batteries grows amid calls for bans on charging infrastructure and e-bikes and scooters

Several news stories in recent weeks have highlighted the growing concerns property managers and the wider fire industry have around […] Read More

Government takes first legal action against freeholder for failure to remediate fire safety defects on Stevenage tower block

The Department for Levelling Up has begun legal action against a freeholder for failing to act on fire safety defects on a Stevenage tower block. Read More

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