Event date13/10/2021 16:00 - 18:30
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Changes to fire and safety legislation: what is the proposed new Building Safety Bill and what does it mean for architects?
Date: Wednesday 13 October 2021
Time: 5pm - 7:30pm
Webinar starts at 5pm and runs through to 7:30pm, including one 30-minute break.
The 2020 Building Safety Bill is the most significant proposed change to the Building Regulations and their regulatory system since their introduction in 1965 , the subsequent development of the “Functional Requirements” and their support by the Approved Documents written in normal English and augmented by diagrams in 1979. This process has been updated, modified and revised on many occasions up to present day with the intention of providing greater clarity but has actually reintroduced levels of complexity and misunderstanding that was their intention to avoid.
The Grenfell Tower disaster has been a very unfortunate but opportune catalyst to awaken this widespread complacency to regulatory expectations, fire design, statutory approvals, construction, maintenance and management. The Building a Safer Future report in May 2018 set 54 recommendations as to how this systemic failure could be remedied and the government signed up to them all. Apart from taking some immediate action on fire doors and cladding, revising diagrams, and more recently sprinklers, the Functional Requirements and Approved Document structure has remained largely unchanged.
The Building Safety Bill is primarily intended as an enabling Act to remedy many of these issues and the ensuing malaise that has permeated the construction industry. The government announced that it will “Put in place new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products, and ensure residents have a stronger voice in the system.”
The RIBA are implicitly involved in this process and still have the opportunity to influence final outcomes in parallel with the ongoing Grenfell Public Enquiry. This webinar is intended to keep members appraised of developments over the next 1-2 years, helping to bring concerns to the attention of the government.
Paul is a practicing architect with over 40 years’ experience with a specialisation in Fire and CDM Safety issues on a very wide range of projects from single residences to airports. The new Building Safety Bill and its secondary legislation are still undergoing development with the assistance of the RIBA. Paul is an active member of the RIBA Fire Expert Advisory Group and other committees that are tracing the complex history of fire safety with a view to improving the legislation and future societal approaches, especially for architects. Paul has delivered many CDM, Principal Designer and Fire Safety lectures for the RIBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Please note this course contains specific references to UK regulations/legislation.