RIBA introduces all-new Fire Safety Compliance Tracker

22 July 2021

THE ROYAL Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a new tool for its members to record and share fire safety information. The RIBA Fire Safety Compliance Tracker records how a project has been designed and developed in accordance with Part B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations.

The Compliance Tracker can be used to provide compliance information to the design team or kept internally within a given practice to help the team track compliance and to confirm the architectural design aligns with the fire strategy.

The new Compliance Tracker is based on the International Fire Safety Standard: Common Principles (IFSS-CP) and its associated Framework.

RIBA president Alan Jones explained: “This is a valuable new tool that will help architects to demonstrate the detailed steps they have taken to protect buildings and people from the risk of fire. We remain seriously concerned about the rising costs of Professional Indemnity Insurance and the increasing prevalence of fire safety exclusions. We do hope this new Compliance Tracker will provide additional reassurance for brokers and clients. I strongly encourage all architectural practices to begin working with it on their projects.”

Jane Duncan, chair of the RIBA’s Fire Safety Expert Advisory Group, added: “2021 marks the beginning of long-overdue regulatory reform prompted by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the subsequent Hackitt Review and vociferous calls from the RIBA and others for clearer, stronger and enforceable regulations. It’s clear the whole industry requires a culture change. I’m proud of the RIBA’s efforts to place architects at the forefront of that change programme. That includes the introduction of fire safety mandatory competences and this new tool, which itself will guide critical decision-making and assist members to demonstrate regulatory compliance.”