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.
The Welsh Government has published updated editions of Approved Document B (Fire safety) volumes 1 and 2, including changes to Appendix A (Assessment in lieu of tests) and an updated edition of Regulation 7 (Materials and Workmanship).
Lee Lambley, Technical Director at Weber, advises clients, architects, contractors and product specifiers to look more closely now at the fire safety performance claims of renders than they have in the past
To assist in the design, specification and installation of building services penetrations to ensure fire compartmentation is maintained, five leading not-for-profit organisations have launched a Best Practice Design and Installation Guide, Firestopping of Service Penetrations.
A research paper by Iman Farah Mohamed published in the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, suggests that 37% of those surveyed believe industry knowledge on fire safety is inadequate and 28% believe university curricula provide sufficient education on fire-proofing buildings.
Industry bodies have welcomed the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) publication of the draft Building Safety Bill, together with its associated guidance and the Home Office’s publication of the Fire Safety Consultation.