The case for a global fire safety standard
Debate has been sparked as to why differences between the cladding materials used by states exist at all.
Major projects, fire and safety are prominent topics in the latest Built Environment Journal.
Gary Strong outlines how a recent case highlights the need for managing agents to review fire risk assessments, and we look at a new standard that seeks to clarify the selection of appropriate domestic fire detection and alarms.
Stewart Ruffles discusses why there have been an increasing number of professional indemnity insurance claims since the Grenfell Tower fire, while Guy Fetherstonhaugh considers whether combustible cladding represents a nuisance to neighbouring properties.
RICS is also due to publish the fifth edition of its Technical due diligence of commercial property global guidance note; here, co-author David Mann highlights the main points, and Craig Ross explains how it aims to reduce the risk of future fatalities.
On the subject of standards, John Edwards also outlines the BSI's new PAS 2035: 2019, Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency – Specification and Guidance.
Elsewhere, we look at two major projects. In the first in a series on the Palace of Westminster's restoration and renewal we speak to the programme's design director and architecture lead, and there's also an interview with the London Borough of Haringey's head of building control about Tottenham Hotspur's innovative new football stadium.
Commentary in this issue comes from former RICS president Amanda Clack, who considers how adapting to technology will define the profession in coming years, while World Green Building Council chief executive officer Cristina Gamboa spells out why the built environment needs to step up its ambition when it comes to cutting carbon emissions.
On the building conservation front, Duncan Philips stresses the importance of the discipline in the work of all built environment professionals, while Steph Fairbairn investigates how cuts to council funding are affecting the protection of our historic environment.
Last, a reminder that elections are coming up for the RICS Governing Council's 15 geographic market seats, and it's crucial that you have your say. You can vote between 17 October and 21 November.
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Editor, Built Environment Journal
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