What has the government announced about building safety?

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Building Design’s regs columnist Andrew Mellor summarises the key changes

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, made further announcements yesterday regarding the introduction of future building safety legislation. Much of this was expected following recent industry consultations and government announcements.

I summarise below some of the proposed changes. There are of course still many questions to be answered and we know that MHCLG and the HSE continue to work on the policy proposals and the programme for introducing and implementing the legislation.

Building Regulations Part B

  • Confirmed that sprinklers and wayfinding signage will be required for all buildings above 11m – height definition, introduction date and transition requirements all to be confirmed
  • Evacuation alarms may be included in a later change to Approved Document B (ADB) following testing of the systems
  • Full review of ADB being commissioned

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