Month: July 2019

Scotland Strengthens Fire Safety Regs Post-Grenfell

More stringent fire safety provisions will come into force in Scotland on 1st October as part of changes to building standards

Coming into force in October, the new building standards will ban combustible materials in buildings of higher than 11m (down from the previous 18m).

They will also mandate that new tall buildings must have at least two fire exits. These additional escape stairs and the introduction of evacuation alert systems and storey identification signs will also help fire and rescue services in the unlikely event of a partial or full-scale evacuation.

Facilities for people with disabilities will also be improved in larger new buildings under the revised standards.

The new rule will stipulate that the external wall cladding of buildings over 11m should be constructed using materials with European classification A1 or A2, which are non-combustible.

This clause has also been extended to include materials used to construct balconies, solar panels and solar shading.

(Read More at: Inside Housing, BBC News and The Construction Index)