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Call for action over fire risk building

The Government is facing calls to take urgent action to tackle a “crisis of confidence” about fire risks on timber-framed construction sites and improve safety for people living in tall buildings.

A report by the London Assembly called for a review of fire regulations, warning there was already a “significant level” of concern within the industry.

The assembly’s planning and housing committee said fire safety on timber-framed buildings should be improved during the construction phase, and claimed there was a lack of evacuation information for residents living in tall buildings.

Committee chairman Nicky Gavron said: “This is an issue that cannot wait. There is a crisis of confidence about the safety of tall and timber-framed buildings and the Government and construction industry must act now to tighten regulations and reduce fire risk.

“As we construct at higher densities and with more environmentally-friendly materials, we will see more tall and timber-framed buildings. It is therefore vital to current and future residents that we get fire safety absolutely right.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • The current building regulations appear to favour timber framed buildings as they seem to offer the benefits associated with better energy usage for heating.
    However, there is significant scope for a more reasoned appraoch to solar gain and thermal mass offered by dense building materials as well as the obvious benefiuts of improved safety & fire protetction and, more tellingly, the massively improved sound insulation qualitiies that dense construction offers.

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