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Last edited 24 Dec 2022
Government consults on second staircases in new residential buildings over 30m
On 23 December 2022, a consultation was announced by Lee Rowley MP, Minister for Local Government and Building Safety at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on mandating second staircases for new tower blocks and sprinkler systems for new care homes regardless of height.
Other measures being considered as part of the consultation include removing references to the national classifications (BS 476) from Approved Document B. This means the dual system currently in place will end and construction product manufacturers will be required to test their products to the British Standard version of the European Standards.
The government will also be undertaking a call for evidence on revisions to Approved Document B covering materials and products used in external walls. In practice, the call for evidence will seek views on what materials should be covered and how best to improve the clarity of the guidance provided.
Lee Rowley said: “There are undoubtedly lessons still to be learnt from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the Department for Housing is committed to working with the sector and residents to explore what more needs to be done to make new homes across the country safe. This consultation is the next step in the Department’s work to improve building regulations and make sure they are as clear and effective as possible.”
- A ban on combustible materials for residential buildings, hospitals and student accommodation above 18m and new guidance for residential buildings between 11m-18m.
- Banning the use of Metal Composite Materials of the type used on Grenfell Tower.
- A programme of work to clarify guidance.
- Lowering the threshold for the provision of sprinklers in new blocks of flats from 30m+ to 11m+.
- Making provisions for wayfinding signage for fire fighters in new blocks of flats more than 11m.
- Making provisions for evacuation alert systems in new residential buildings over 18 metres in height
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will consult on its new plans for12 weeks. Ref https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/sprinklers-in-care-homes-removal-of-national-classes-and-staircases-in-residential-buildings
- ACM cladding.
- Approved Document B.
- Consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.
- Evacuating vulnerable and dependent people from buildings in an emergency FB 52.
- Grenfell Tower articles.
- Grenfell Tower fire.
- Grenfell Tower independent expert advisory panel.
- Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report.
- Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
- Independent review of the building regulations and fire safety.
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