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NFCC welcomes new consultation on building safety regulations

Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council Roy Wilsher has welcomed the government’s new consultation on building regulations.

 This consultation seeks views on the clarification of Approved Document B, which is part of the building regulations guidance in England, covering fire safety matters within and around buildings.

 This is in line with the Secretary of State’s commitment in Parliament (17th May 2018) to consult on clarifying building regulations fire safety guidance. The consultation will run for 12 weeks until October 11th 2018.

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher, said: “I am pleased to see this consultation has been launched; particularly the full review on Building Regulations. While NFCC believes the Building Regulations and Approved Document B are clear, the full-scale review in the autumn should assist in providing further clarity as we move forward.

 “In addition, we will also be responding to the combustible cladding consultation and NFCC gave an in-depth response to the ‘desktop study’ consultation. We remain fully committed and engaged within the Expert Panel and the roundtables. We will continue to support all moves to make our buildings safer.”

 According to the government: The Secretary of State for Communities has said he will conduct a full-scale review of ‘Approved Document B’ in the autumn. This technical review will assess whether the underlying policy should be updated to reflect modern building practice, the latest understanding of fire risks and technical and scientific innovations.

 A package of addition measures to strengthen safety has also been announced:

  • Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a soon-to-be established Industry Safety Steering Group to drive the culture change needed to improve safety and hold industry to account
  • Working with a small group of organisations from industry to pilot safety improvements in line with Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, demonstrating early leadership on building safety reform
  • Introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords in the private rented sector to ensure electrical installations in their property are inspected every five years


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