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Articles tagged with: Building Regulations

Sep06

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

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Every week the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, the BBC analyses and explains the evidence heard through their podcasts.

The podcasts are exceptionally clear

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on the night of 14 June 2017.

Jul10

The EWS1 Form and Limited Combustibility

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What is limited combustibility as referred to in Option A on the EWS1 form?

Have a look at Note 6 on the EWS1 form which states:

‘Note 6 – The term ‘limited combustibility’ is as defined in BS9991:2015’.

Jan17

Fire Safety Bill

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The Fire Safety Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. 

Jan11

Regulation 38 Building Regulations

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Approved Document B was revised in 2019  and supports requirements B1 to B5 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010 as well as regulations 6(3), 7(2) and 38 and it took effect on 30 August 2019 for use in England. 

One of the changes were that safety information (under regulation 38) has been moved from an appendix into a new section.

Jan09

EWS1 External Wall Fire Review

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In late December 2019 the EWS1 form was published.

The RICS, the BSA and UK Finance have agreed an industry-wide process, to be used by valuers, lenders, building owners and fire safety experts, in the valuation of high-rise properties to help unblock the deadlock present in the housing market. It has been developed in conjunction with MHCLG (the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Dec18

Balconies and The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018

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The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force on 21 December 2018 have now clarified the lack of clarity in relation to balconies and states:

 

“Amendment to the Building Regulations 2010”

Sep26

Resisting Fire Spread over External Walls and the Requirements of the Building Regulations 2010

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By amending Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations 2010 under The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018, and the Approved Document B, combustible materials are now banned on the elevations of relevant high rise buildings so that materials which become part of an external wall of a high-rise building (ie a building over 18,m) now have to be of European Classification A2-d1, d0 (i.e. of limited combustibility) or Class A1 (non-combustible)

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  • The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

    Grenfell

    Every week the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, the BBC analyses and explains the evidence heard through their podcasts.

    The podcasts are exceptionally clear

    The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on the night of 14 June 2017.

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance, External Wall Fire Reviews and EWS1’s

     

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    You may have had a few quotations in for an external wall fire review and the EWS1 and thought they were ‘expensive’ but have you actually considered why?

     

    The cost of professional indemnity insurance that consultants have to pay is affecting the cost of undertaking external wall fire reviews and the completion of the EWS1 forms.

    Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) is not only extremely difficult to obtain but it is also extremely expensive even if obtainable.

    There is also a lack of available PII cover for all but those of firms who will have the turnover to cover the insurance premiums.