Push to review fire safety

18 July 2017

A SURVEY has been launched by the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) alongside the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on an element of the fire safety regulations.

The three organisations are building on work done by the FSF’s built environment issues and affairs work-stream, with the aim of pushing for a review of the Approved Document B (Fire Safety) (ADB) regulation within building regulations law in the UK. The survey asks members whether they think the ADB should be reviewed.

The organisations have partnered with the NBS (National Building Specification) to carry out the survey, with ADB one of the most used documents and used by thousands as a guide to complying with building regulations and ensuring building safety, due to the hazard fires pose in a built environment.

All members of the societies working in England and using ADB were asked to take part to see whether and how it should be reviewed, with the survey covering whether not a review should be carried out; whether the technical scope should be expanded; whether the document flow should be amended to match the construction process; what improvements to ADB, if any, you would like to see; and how it can be ‘future proofed’ given the pace of change.

The findings will form the basis of future work at the FSF, and will be given to the department for communities and local government. The FSF stated that since 2012, it ‘has been working to shape future policy and strategy related to the UK fire sector’, and that the survey aims to ‘understand the fire construction industries’ views about the future of ADB’.

It added: ‘Given recent events, this research has taken on an additional importance and poignancy. The FSF knows that this is a sensitive time; however, it believes this survey will be used as an important and collective tool to gather specific feedback and views on the practical guidance in Approved Document B to meet the fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations in England.

The survey launched in June, with the first round of results to be ready for the autumn in October, and it is open until August 2017. You can complete the survey here.

Push to review fire safety