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Updated guidance calls for second staircases in all new high-rise residential buildings

The government has updated its guidance calling for second staircases in all new tall residential buildings over 18 metres from 30 September 2026. The change in guidance adds to a package of recent fire safety measures and reforms including the ...

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The vital role of anti-shatter film in Martyn’s Law preparation

In the wake of tragic events like the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, governments and organisations worldwide have intensified efforts to enhance security measures to protect public spaces. Martyn’s Law, proposed in memory of Martyn Hett, one of the victims ...

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Senior building safety role created at BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has appointed Rachel Davidson to the newly created position of Director of Specialist Knowledge, where she will have a particular focus on the Building Safety Act and its implications for BESA members and the ...

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Concrete scandal exposes true value of building maintenance

At a time when building maintenance budgets are under intense pressure, facilities managers could do worse than refer clients to the ongoing scandal over reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). Hundreds of schools have had to close buildings and thousands of ...

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Clients more focused on net zero goals than building safety

A new study has found that construction clients are more focused on meeting their net zero goals than complying with the Building Safety Act. The research carried bout on behalf of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) also revealed a ...

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CIBSE welcomes publication of major changes to building regulations

The publication of new regulations for Higher Risk Buildings (HRBs) and the major changes to the Building Regulations that will enable further elements of the Building Safety Act to be fully implemented in England on 1 October 2023, have been ...

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Biggest cladding removal scheme is launched

The government has launched the Cladding Safety Scheme, which it says is its “biggest building safety intervention to date”, and will give thousands more buildings access to government funding to fix dangerous cladding across England for the first time. The ...

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Gove warns cladding shareholders of ‘severe consequences’ if they refuse to remediate

Shareholders in three cladding companies, whose shocking practices were uncovered in evidence heard at the Grenfell Inquiry, have been warned by the government that the manufacturers they invest in will face “severe consequences” if they do not come forward with ...

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IWFM launches new Building Safety training course

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has launched a new Building Safety CPD approved course to support FMs who need help to implement the new building safety requirements coming into force from April 2023 . Delivered by Anthony ...

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Developers sign Gove’s remediation contract to fix unsafe buildings

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove has secured the signatures of the country’s biggest housebuilders on the developer remediation contract. Thirty-nine developers – including the top 10 biggest housebuilders in the UK – have signed ...

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