In his keynote presentation, Guillermo Rein, Professor of Fire Science at Imperial College London, outlined the key layers of fire protection. They are, he explained: precaution; detection, compartmentation; suppression; evacuation; and structural resistance. None of them is perfect, he said, but hopefully enough will work together to prevent a disaster. Read more via IFSEC Global.
Last year, the Scottish Government announced that it had reached an agreement with developers to assess and, if necessary, make safe more than 100 buildings that are being assessed for dangerous cladding. Responding to a question from Kaukab Stewart MSP, Humza Yousaf said he would resort to legal means to get the work done if there […]
When Andreas Rosen decided to future-proof his home in Germany’s Mosel wine region, he knew he wanted to upgrade his heating system to a low-carbon heat pump. About half of Germany’s 41 million homes currently rely on gas heating, with another quarter running on oil. In a bid to encourage homeowners to decarbonise their heating, […]
Registration is part of the new stricter regime from the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to protect residents. All high-rise residential buildings – those that are at least 18 metres tall or have seven or more floors containing at least two residential units – must be registered by law. Read in full via IFSEC Global.
Construction sites face a summer of checks from health and safety inspectors clamping down on dust control. The Health and Safety Executive announced that from 15 May until July, it will visit sites to ensure that employers and workers are using the right controls to protect workers from inhaling harmful dust. Read more via Construction […]
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry will not publish its much-anticipated second and final report into the disaster until next year, it has been revealed The report will detail the causes of the 2017 fire, which killed 72 residents in the 24-storey residential tower block in North Kensington. But its publication, which was due later this year, […]
A group of more than 900 bereaved family members, survivors and local residents (BSRs) whose lives were devastated by the Grenfell Tower fire have agreed a settlement of their civil claims arising from the fire. Read in full at Inside Housing.
The UK has one of the highest prevalence of asthma in the world. Reduced ventilation resulting from increased energy efficiency measures acts as a modifier for mould contamination and risk of allergic diseases. Read in full at PUBMED.
Rising damp is one of the most recurrent and well-known hazards to existing buildings and monuments. Several types of intervention exist to tackle the problem. Among these, the creation of a damp-proof course against capillary rise by means of injection of chemical products is one of the most diffused methods, thanks to the relatively easy […]
The London Fire Brigade has said it supports the proposals to make it mandatory for new residential buildings above 30 metres to have a minimum of two staircases. However, the brigade wants to ensure the government properly considers whether a lower threshold would be more appropriate. Keep reading via IFSEC Global