RESIDENTS WILL be safer in their homes thanks to new planning requirements that come into force this week. The new requirements, known as Planning Gateway One, will ensure that high-rise developments consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning.
THE SCOTTISH Government’s latest consultation seeks to obtain the views and opinions of stakeholders on a review of building standards relating to the fire safety of cladding in order to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland’s buildings.
THE BUILDING Safety Alliance, an independent industry led ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, has been launched with the purpose of implementing the certification of competent individuals wishing to deliver the role of building safety manager and a publicly accessible register of those certified by the scheme.
AICO RECENTLY facilitated a panel discussion on the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) guidance document which covers guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing. This followed on from a similar panel discussion held in October last year.
LEASEHOLDERS IN blocks of flats with cladding should be supported to buy, sell or re-mortgage their homes after the Government agreed with major lenders to pave the way towards ending the need for EWS-1 Forms. The announcement was made in Parliament by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
RESPONDING TO the second reading of the Building Safety Bill in Parliament on Wednesday 21 July, Mark Hardingham (chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council) said: “This legislation is an important milestone that will contribute to essential developments in building safety.”
THE MINISTRY of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has just issued the Waking Watch Relief Fund data as it stood at Wednesday 30 June. The figures outlined suggest that, to date, somewhat slow progress has been made when it comes to allocating the funding available.
THE NEXT instalment in Fire Safety Matters’ ever-popular webinar series takes place at 10.30 am on Wednesday 25 August and sees the magazine partnering with fire detection products specialist EMS to examine the hugely topical issue of fire safety in tall buildings and, in particular, the vital role that can be played by wireless technology.
EURALARM’S SERVICES Section reports an important step forward for service providers and the end users of remote services with a “very positive vote” on EN 50710: Requirements for the Provision of Secure Remote Services for Fire Safety Systems and Security Systems.