Tag : Grenfell Tower fire
The Grenfell Inquiry has heard calls for external fire consultants to be a mandatory requirement of complex projects, to fully analyse the fire risks following the revelation that no external fire advice was sought for the cladding specification. Under current Building Regulations, there is no mandatory requirement to engage a fire consultant.
The first part of Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has confirmed many of the allegations of failures of compliance to regulations, training and policy that emerged during the Inquiry hearings, as well as highlighting a range of particular factors that either helped accelerate the spread of fire or hindered the rescue.
The industry’s calls to define a clear direction for leaving the EU, while fully avoiding the ‘worst case-scenario’ of a no-deal withdrawal will continue for at least several more months with an additional New Year Brexit extension agreed and a General Election set for 12 December.
Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has criticised a failure to implement a deep clean of ventilation systems in homes surrounding Grenfell Tower.
Government sets aside £200m to support the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding in privately owned high-rise buildings to address fears over material use.
The Construction Products Association (CPA) has extended a Call for Evidence of how information on products is made available to the supply chain until April 23 in order to get a wider number of industry voices on potential risks.
Establishing a statutory ‘Construction Improvement Authority’ for the UK is among drastic changes needed to address significant failings in standards across the HVAC sector.
The government has set out several key aims that it hopes will overhaul the quality of social housing in the UK. This will include the introduction of a stronger regulator and new standards on home quality that will determine factors such as energy efficient heating.
This month’s H&V News leads with in-depth coverage of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that is looking at a range of technical and policy issues that may have led to blaze and the subsequent loss of life.
Over a quarter of 316 engineering services firms surveyed on their financial performance have reported a fall in turnover during the first quarter of 2018, the highest falls of its kind in two years. The findings reflect the impact of adverse weather conditions and the fall of Carillion earlier this year.