Three weeks after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, we bring you a round-up of the week’s industry responses. A research briefing paper from Parliament.co.uk sets out the events and commentary around the Grenfell Tower fire, the relevant building regulations, fire safety laws and housing standards, the Government response to the fire, the responsibilities around re-housing, and previous concerns raised by fire regulations.
Landlords are engaging in a checking and testing process for Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding. The tests that are currently being conducted at BRE – on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) – are a screening test to identify which ACM panels are of concern.
ACA is an Association that represents architects’ private practices in the UK. As publishers of Forms of Appointments and Building Contracts the ACA has a long and special interest in successful design, procurement and construction. Its response asks if the Design and Procurement of buildings in England and Wales are currently working as it should? If not, how can it be improved to prevent future catastrophic failures? The ACA sets out 41 relevant questions following the disaster.
The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management provides the open letter to the Prime Minister from over 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession. They call for a political sea change in attitude towards health and safety regulation and fire risk management following the Grenfell tragedy.
The Scottish Government reported that the second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group, convened to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks, has taken place. The group oversees a review of building and fire safety regulatory frameworks with an initial focus on high rise domestic buildings.