Fire safety

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    Competence and culture change in the built environment: important developments

    Building safety is the new regulatory regime overseen by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to ensure the fire safety and structural safety of higher-risk buildings (HRBs).

    By Laura White, Pinsent Masons on 16 August 2023

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    Harnessing technology to enhance fire safety in construction

    Although fire can be a significant hazard during construction work, leading construction company Avondale Construction is deploying a range of innovative technology to minimise the risk of a blaze.

    By Nick Curran, Avondale Construction on 15 August 2023

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    New regulatory regime for safer homes: a call for collaboration

    Nobody needs reminding that ongoing building safety reforms are designed for the industry to avoid a repeat of the dreadful events six years ago, when 72 people died in a devastating fire at Grenfell Tower.

    By Andrew Bulmer, The Property Institute on 02 August 2023

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    Golden threads – delivering safety in buildings and beyond

    The golden thread topic has no doubt featured many times before. With it being summer 2023, the registration of higher-risk buildings is in full swing, and the policy on the golden thread of information is being finalised with secondary legislation enshrining it expected in various waves soon.

    By Sofie Hooper, Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management on 01 August 2023

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    The building safety scandal: 90 per cent of affected flats are still unsafe

    In the six years following the horrific events at Grenfell, it has become evident that there has been a decades-long systemic failure of the UK’s building safety regime, something Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has now, belatedly, acknowledged.

    By Lucy Brown, End Our Cladding Scandal on 01 August 2023

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    Progress made and challenges ahead – Grenfell six years on

    On the sixth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, 2023 has seen a significant rollout of legislative changes to fire safety in high-rise residential buildings that highlight the progress made and the challenges that yet remain.

    By Aisha Farooq, Fire Protection Association on 01 August 2023

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    First legal action over fire safety delays on a tall building

    The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has taken the first step in legal action against a freeholder for failing to fix building safety defects.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 11 October 2022

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    Leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs

    Government plans to fix the building safety crisis leave leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs, writes Clive Betts, the MP and Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee.

    By Clive Betts MP on 08 August 2022

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    Competence is crucial

    By selecting third-party certificated providers of fire safety services, a business can be confident they are getting competent help in managing fire risks.

    By Justin Maltby-Smith, BAFE Fire Safety Register on 22 July 2022

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    England still lagging behind on fire safety in residential blocks

    June 28th was anxiously awaited by millions of leaseholders across the country. It marked the date at which the protections in the Building Safety Act came into force, past which no leaseholder (in a building above 11 metres) could be given a bill to replace the flammable cladding on their building.

    By Lucy Brown, UK Cladding Action Group on 13 July 2022