Post the Grenfell fire in June 2017, both the insurance and lending industry have become extremely risk averse regarding fire. This is having a major impact on Professional Indemnity cover across the whole built environment sector, which includes fire risk assessors, fire engineers, architects and building control when assessing risks associated with fire. We understand … Continued
As you will be aware from previous reports we have done over the last couple of years, we have been deeply involved with the Competence Steering Group (CSG) which was the group that formed after the DJH report and was set up following the Grenfell tragedy to improve competence in the built environment. The group … Continued
Here is the latest copy of the draft Building Safety Bill which is going through its consultation stages at the moment. It is different from the draft fire safety bill as it deals with the wider issues from the DJH report dealing directly with building safety and how it is regulated and managed in the … Continued
Here is the latest update to Approved Document B (Volumes 1 and 2). The changes come into effect on 26th November 2020 in England, they appertain to blocks of flats/apartments and they focus on a reduction in the ‘trigger’ height of the building for sprinklers (18m down to 11m) and also wayfinding signage for firefighters. … Continued
We must inform you that we have had numerous complaints from various individuals (not members) stating and giving screen shot evidence, that one of our members is making racist comments and threats. Firstly, some are stating the individual is employed by us. That is not so. We can confirm most strongly that none of our … Continued
Please see below a link to the new guidance on returning to work issued by the UK Government. I am sure it will also be valid or act as a benchmark at some time for members who are working in non UK countries as well. As we see more sectors returning to work we thought … Continued
We are all hopeful that recovery from the pandemic can start soon and thoughts are now turning towards economic revival. The Fire Sector Federation, who we are a member of, wishes to assist where it can in this process, for example, by working with others to solve any issues by informing or requesting support from … Continued
As a Nation we find ourselves in very unfamiliar waters during the current pandemic and as an Institute we have discussed the current situation during our online meetings. Our thoughts go out to all people involved on the frontline in this situation. We value our members greatly and without you there would be no organisation … Continued
The Government has published the results of the Building a Safer Future consultation and the two outcomes, Response and Economic Impact, can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877628/A_reformed_building_safety_regulatory_system_-_gvt_response_to_the_Building_a_Safer_Future_consultation.pdf https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877521/A_reformed_building_safety_regulatory_system_-_economic_assessment_of__benefits_and_costs_to_the_gvt_response_to_the_Building_a_Safer_Future_consultation.pdf I am sure that at this time most of you will be able to find time to read these documents!
Council member and Life Vice President John O’Sullivan has kindly shared with us Bureau Veritas Emergency Preparedness Pack which can be used by all members and their clients. Grateful thanks to John and BV for sharing this preparedness pack with all of us.