Fire protection solutions maker Advanced hailed the amended Building Regulations Approved Document B as a “positive step in the right direction to improve fire safety in new high-rise residential buildings”.
Published on 1 June 2022, Part B (Fire Safety) proposes further improvements to fire safety guidelines to ensure the safety of tall buildings in England, as part of a wider set of reforms. A ‘significant’ addition to the document is the mandatory requirement for new residential developments over 18m to incorporate an evacuation alert system, providing new clarity for those involved in the design or construction of developments. residential.
An evacuation alert system is essential to help fire and rescue services notify residents of a change in evacuation strategy during an incident. This gives fire and rescue services an additional tool to use in the field, in addition to existing evacuation methods, improving the safety of local residents. To comply with the amended Part B an evacuation warning system must be provided in accordance with BS 8629 code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation warning systems for use by fire and rescue services in England.
The amended Part B is designed to respond to recommendations from the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Currently, the Part B requirement for an evacuation alert system only covers new high-rise residential buildings. However, as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry also recommends evacuation warning systems for “already existing”1 high-rise residential buildings, additional regulation may follow.
Ken Bullock, Business Development Manager for Evacuation Alert Systems at Advanced, said, “We welcome the amended Part B Building Regulations and the clarity it brings to fire safety. An evacuation alert system provides fire and rescue services with a valuable tool to evacuate at-risk residents in a safer and more controlled manner. At Advanced, our EvacGo Evacuation Alert System is designed as a simple way to comply with BS 8629:19 and can therefore provide peace of mind to those responsible for a building who, by choosing this system, are complying building regulations.
“We understand that new regulations can be confusing, so not only have we carefully designed the EvacGo to take the strain off the hard work of building owners, end users and most importantly, frontline fire and rescue services, we also offer a CPD presentation on Evacuation Planning and BS 8629 Code of Practice. The CPD is suitable for consultants, fire risk assessors and anyone else who needs a better understanding of the requirements of the code of practice. British Standards Institution practice BS 8629.
The amended Part B is part of a wider update to strengthen building regulations and provide clearer fire safety rules for the design and construction of residential developments. The Building Safety Act appoints the HSE as the new building safety regulator in England and as such will ensure compliance with building regulations. The Building Safety Act will place formal responsibilities on those involved in the design and construction of any building to ensure compliance with building regulations, and give the regulator increased powers to prosecute non-compliance. It will be up to those in charge of a building to set up and maintain a golden thread of information, with their responsibility continuing throughout the life of the building.
Other key changes in Part B include requiring all new residential buildings over 11m to include a secure information box which will allow fire and rescue services access to important details on a building in the event of a fire. In addition, the government has introduced stricter standards for exterior wall materials for new mid-rise apartment buildings.
As a global leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems, Advanced is committed to creating a safer future. A reputation for performance, quality and ease of use see advanced products specified in locations around the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. The Advanced product portfolio includes complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire search, false alarm management and reduction solutions as well as lighting for rescue.
Advanced is owned by Halma PLC, a FTSE 100 company, a global group of life-saving technology companies with a clear goal of creating a safer, cleaner and healthier future for everyone, every day.
To book a place on the Advanced CPD on Escape Planning and BS 8629 Code of Practice, please register here. For more information on the EvacGo Evacuation Alert System: Tel: 0345 894 7000 E-mail: [email protected] or visit: https://uk.advancedco.com/
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1. Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report, Volume 4, June 2017, page 777 section 33.22d. https://assets.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/GTI%20-%20Phase%2…
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