The government is seeking views on its proposed revisions to Building Regulations fire safety guidance (Approved Document B). This guidance was issued following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, published in May this year following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.
Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire MP, announced the consultation in July, stating that, in addition, he will commence a full-scale review of the fire safety guidelines in the autumn. The 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.
James Brokenshire MP said: “There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes. That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.”
Joe Cilia, FIS technical director, said: “This represents a real opportunity for the sector’s voice to be heard and help shape the regulatory process that is there to provide fire safety.”
The consultation closes on 11 October 2018.