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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’.


MHCLG Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings 20 January 2020

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This Advice Note dated 20 January 2020 consolidates and supersedes the existing Advice Notes 1 to 22. The advice on the assessment of non-ACM external wall systems (previously Advice Note 14) has been updated and incorporated, and some of the advice within the previous published notes has been condensed to make it clearer.

The Advice Note also clarifies how the 18m height of a building is measured as it was silent in various other Advice Notes issued.


Fire Safety Bill


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


Regulation 38 Building Regulations

Regulation 38

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.


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.


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”


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)


Advice Note 14 by MHCLG - Advice on External Wall Systems that do not Incorporate Aluminium Composite Material for Residential Buildings over 18m high

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Advice Note 14 published by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) states that the Advice Note is for the attention of anyone responsible for, or advising on, the fire safety of external wall systems of residential buildings 18m or above in height.


Around the World with the CIArb and the DBF -an Article Published on the Solicitors Group Website

Essential Training with the CIArb and the DBF - a Fabulous Combination


CIArb Centenary Conference- International Arbitration: The Principles

The Principles Necessary for an Effective, Efficient and 'Safe' Seat for the Conduct of an International Arbitration.


IOSH No Time to Lose Campaign

Cancer Caused by Work kills 666,000 per year

Cancer caused by work kills 666,000 a year.

IOSH No Time to Lose Campaign


Bernadette Barker is now included on the IFE Register of Fire Risk Assessors

Bernadette Barker is now included on the IFE Register of Fire Risk Assessors

As of 5th March 2015 Bernadette Barker is included on the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Register of Fire Risk Assessors.

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