Fire, Security and Safety
SMARTPLY FR OSB3 is the flame-retardant panel for use in structural applications, that can now be manufactured in panels of up to 7.5m long by 2.5m wide, making it ideal for offsite construction methods.
Intratone has installed 25 of its digital noticeboards in the communal areas of a number of tower blocks in Stockport Housing Group’s property portfolio supporting the group’s aim of enhancing digital communications.
Following the Grenfell disaster and the West Hampstead balcony fires, it was only a matter of time before safety concerns gave rise to statutory measures and those changes arrived in December 2018. Will Forbes, Technical Project Lead at balcony specialist Neaco, explains their impact on design and specification.
In light of new changes to the housing health and safety regulations regarding cladding which have arisen amid the Grenfell Tower investigations, Housing Association magazine editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Dr Nigel Glen – Chief Executive Office of the Association of Residential Managing Agents.
For months the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has been warning landlords of at-risk properties to get on and remove dangerous cladding. In early December Mr Brokenshire announced a change to the housing health and safety regulations, to force the landlords to make good these works with no apparent financial risk to the leaseholders.
Dr. Barbara Lane's recent report raised numerous questions about the overall management of the smoke control installation at Grenfell.