Iain Cox
Iain Cox
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Iain Cox is Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance.

One rule for one, and one for another

A fire that tore through the Cube high-rise student accommodation in 2019 is a stark reminder that our new 11m sprinkler threshold for high-rise residential buildings does not apply to student accommodation. The requirement, which took effect last November, also…

When a building burns to the ground, is it a regulatory success?

At a time when businesses need to be more sustainable, it may come as a surprise that nearly seven out of ten (69%) businesses are unaware that building regulations in the UK do not adequately prevent and protect against the…

The non-fire triangle: how a return to principles can improve fire safety

The reporting of the proceedings of the Grenfell Inquiry, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, only reinforces the conclusions reached by Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: fire safety in our buildings is not what it…

Are we asking the right questions when it comes to fire risk?

A recent study1 carried out by the Business Sprinkler Alliance confirmed that the uptake of fire safety sprinkler systems is low, with 68% of those interviewed having been involved in a decision not to include an automatic fire-sprinkler system on…

Fire safety in the commercial sector

Fire can ruin a business and change things in an instant. According to a recent study carried out by the Business Sprinkler Alliance, only 16% of respondents considered the risk of fire to their business as a significant factor when…

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