Building Safety Bill shows early promise

The Building Safety Bill has now been published, a move which the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) welcomes since the reform of building safety and the building regulations is long overdue. As expected the Bill establishes new regulators for…

Coronavirus chaos and confusion

While the UK Coronavirus lockdown and social-distancing requirements have decimated several industries, mixed messaging from government has resulted in confusion for the construction and fire-safety sectors. With uncertainty about which construction sites can remain open, UK construction-industry activity in March…

What does Brexit mean for passive fire protection?

The UK has left the EU and entered a transition period, which is currently proposed to end on 31 December 2020. While there remain huge uncertainties going forward, the ASFP is aware of several potentially positive features for the passive…

Raising the bar for building safety standards

In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire in 2017, the government asked Dame Judith Hackitt to conduct a review of Building Regulations. Her report was a damning indictment of the construction industry, its practices and – most of all –…

The ‘Rolls-Royce’ of fire protection?

The government has released its proposals for the new building safety regulatory system and a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in England. These documents suggest fundamental changes to the way in which fire safety will…

The value of competence

One of the outcomes of the Hackitt review of Building Regulations was a concern regarding the competence of all those who design, commission, build and manage high-risk residential buildings (HRRBS). Dame Judith rightly recommended that an overarching framework to manage…

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