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Government aims for increased fire safety with Part B draft

The government has finally released a draft of the long-awaited new Part B of the building regulations - the section relating to fire safety.

The document dramatically ups the ante in the drive by the Department of Communities and Local Government to enhance the safety of buildings.

There are widespread concerns that the document will be rushed through with errors included, in a repeat of the debacle over the publication of Part L earlier this year.

The new Part B aims to increase the responsibility on building designers and architects when it comes to fire safety.

Some of the changes highlighted include alterations to:

means of escape;

travel distance calculations;

a greater acceptance of fire engineering; and

a greater responsibility for fire safety placed on the building designer.

For further details visit:

www.thenbs.com

The NBS is also holding a seminar on the new Part B on 30 January 2007 at the Building Centre in central London.

by Ed Dorrell

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