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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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  • PAS2035:2019 and Collaboration with Diamond and Co for Retrofit

    Now that I am registered with Elmhurst Energy as a Retrofit Coordinator following successful training with the Retrofit Academy I am collaborating with Diamond & Co Diamond & Co in Scotland to provide a full end-to-end retrofit service.

     

  • Why Not Review Review your Scheme for EWS1 Prior to Completion?

    If you're the developer of an apartment block (or blocks) employing another consultant to review the external walls of the development either during construction or even at design stage maybe isn't something you have thought about.

    Why would you?

  • So How Do I know if my Building is 18m High or Not?

     

    This may seem a strange question to ask but not when it comes to measuring the height of the buildings in relation to the recent Advice Notes issued by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government(MHCLG) following the establishment of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel (the Expert Panel).

    In my article published in the April 2021 edition of The Expert Witness Journal I review some anomalies.