• New regulator at heart of building safety overhaul

    The Building Safety Bill, published on 5 July 2021, will create lasting generational change and set out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained.
  • Planning Gateway One comes into force

    Planning Gateway One – the first of a series of ‘gateway points’, and a key measure to ensure high-rise developments consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning – came into force in August.
  • Cross UK Report 976: fire safety concern over green walls

    Isolating automated water systems might result in the drying out of green walls, thus presenting a significant fire hazard in external walls
  • Feeling the heat – getting on board with Part L1A

    Building Engineer speaks to Andy Mitchell, Director of Energy Services at Stroma, about how the new Part L1A document signals the start of a new era in net-zero carbon-ready dwellings.
  • Dangerous foundation led to unsafe excavation

    A builder undermined the existing footing of a masonry wall without being aware of the risks.
  • Industry opinion

    Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance, asks if we’re prioritising sustainability over resilience to fire?
  • Fit for purpose

    The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched an awareness campaign, Be Certain,
    Be Certified, to highlight the importance of third-party certification of fire doors in improving fire safety standards across the UK.
  • Fearful symmetry

    A report that explores the relationship between the geometry of buildings and its effect on the behaviour of fire has significant interest for built environment professionals. James Cash speaks to the report’s author, Frances Maria Peacock MCABE Chartered Building Engineer
  • Cross UK Report 66

    Concerns about the fire safety of multi-storey buildings comprising cross-laminated timber (CLT).
  • Fire safety failings

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is supporting calls for greater funding to address identified fire safety failings in tall buildings.
  • Fifth element

    Will Wigfield, Product Manager at Rockwool UK, discusses best practice in mitigating the risk of roof fires, focusing on testing procedures and the importance of product certification
  • Fire Safety Regulations: A Comparative Study of Malaysia and England and Wales

  • Fighting for fire safety

    Electrical Safety First’s recent Recharge report notes that electricity is the primary cause of fires in Northern Ireland’s homes and reports on the safety of the housing stock.
  • Who's accountable

    Joe Cilia, Technical Director at FIS, discusses new guidance on firestopping that puts responsibility front and centre
  • Cross Reports: Report 979

    Confidential Reporting of Structural Safety. Report 979: Outdoor video screens.
  • Kingspan K15 Insultation – Retraction of Three Tests

    Frances Kirwan, Deputy Director, Technical Policy Division Building Safety Portfolio at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has written a letter to all Building Control Bodies in England to remind them that Kingspan Insulation Limited has retracted three test reports relating to K15 insulation products.
  • Cross Reports: Report 950

    Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety. Report 950: Inadequate punching shear reinforcement.
  • HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the appointment of a Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
  • Design for life

    Lee James, General Manager, Product Marketing, Nittan Europe, explains what to look for in a fire detection system to provide better through-life value
  • A stitch in time

    Darron Brough, who has worked in the cladding and façade industry for three decades, has created an alternative to the waking watch fire detection system