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Fire safety review: Building Regulations are ‘not fit for purpose’

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OK! OK! OK!! So I shall yet again, repeat my assertion that the simplest remedy for ensuring safety and integrity in new buildings would to ditch the dog's breakfast that the Building Regulations have become, and replace them with the widely used and highly respected International Building Code. (IBC) The focus of the investigation rightly homes in on the combustibility of the cladding materials. More importantly, as I see it, is the flue created by the air gap (rainscreen) between the main structure and the insulation. In order for that chimney to be closed, an expanding caulk, (intumescent seal) activated only after a fire has started, is relied upon to protect lives and property. Quite obviously, in the Grenfell tragedy, theory stumbled to reality. The dangers of rainscreen cladding have been known for years, the designers and fire prevention professionals must be held to account. I would submit that the RIBA should not be considered as a responsible body, and be permitted no input at the enquiry. It has grossly soiled itself. Heads must roll.

Posted date

19 December, 2017

Posted time

7:58 am

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