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Developers fear more red tape


DEVELOPERS FEAR recommendations arising from investigations into the World Trade Center collapses could force them to comply with an extra tier of regulations.

The US National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) report highlights actions building owners should take to prevent similar collapses.

If the NIST report is acted on, developers fear that the government could impose extra red tape on building owners.

NIST urges immediate consideration of:

retrofing structures with improved fire protection

upgrading escape systems

setting up off site storage rooms for documents relating to the building's design.

British Property Federation regeneration and development director Faraz Baber said extra costs would be inevitable if the guidelines were followed.

'Regulations are already in place. To create a new layer doesn't seem to be necessary.

If there are rogue elements that don't comply with existing regulations then they aren't going to comply with a new tier of regulations either.' But he added: 'One recommendation which could be sensibly considered is keeping records off site, for insurance purposes if nothing else.'

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