THE FDS GROUP EVENT

Controlling Smoke for a Clearer Future

Date: Friday 20th September
Location: Business Design Centre,
52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

This event examines the current state of Fire Safety in the UK. We look into the outcomes of last years Hackitt report and the key issues underpinning the existing system failure. We look at the importance of a seamless approach to smoke control to match the RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety and the new regulatory framework it has brought about.

 

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The current approach to fire safety

Over the last two years since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, all of us in the construction industry will have seen, experienced and felt the first steps of change in the approach to the design, construction and management of fire safety, particularly in residential buildings.

The government commissioned the Hackitt independent review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Hackitt review identified a systematic failure underpinned by ignorance, indifference, a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and inadequate regulatory oversight and enforcement tools. There is insufficient focus on delivering the best quality building possible.

The government is proposing a radically new building and fire safety system which puts resident’s safety at its heart. Approved Document B has been republished to provide more specific advice on how to meet the fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations. New Building Regulations have been introduced prohibiting the use of nearly all combustible materials in the external walls of residential buildings more than 18 m tall. These may be extended to include other high-risk buildings in the future.

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The construction industry has not stood still during this process. Many stakeholders within the industry, including designers, developers, contractors and building operators, have been implementing their measures to address the problems.

Examples of these include:

  • Early decisions to adopt safer external wall construction specifications.
  • The increased level of sprinkler protection in buildings.
  • The implementation of tighter construction management controls ahead of any changes to regulations.
  • An approval scheme for the smoke control industry.

It is still too early to predict what a new building and fire safety system will look like, but the objective of improving building quality is clear. Our industry will face many challenges over the next few years to improve the approach to the design, construction and management of fire safety to deliver better building quality.

Agenda

Date: Friday 20th September

Location: Business Design Centre,

52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

Over the last two years since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, all of us in the construction industry will have seen, experienced and felt the first steps of change in the approach to the design, construction and management of fire safety, particularly in residential buildings.

09:30: Arrival & Registration

10:00: Opening Remarks by the Chair

Nick Waterfield, 
Managing Director,  FDS Group

10:10: The Consequences of Tighter Regulation
Steve Morgan,
 Director, FDS Consult

10:40: Installer Competence and Smoke Control Products with Independent Certification

Allan Hurdle,
 International HVAC Consultant, Consultant to the Smoke Control Association

11:10: Designing Compliant Solutions

Simon Sheldon,
 Technical Manager, Fire Design Solutions

11:30: Break

12:00: The Benefits of Working with Expert Fire Engineers
John Harris,
 Head of Sales & Marketing, Fire Design Solutions

12:30: The Importance of Fire Safety System Maintenance: Will it work when you need it?
Simon Sheldon,
 Technical Manager, Fire Design Solutions

13:00: Lunch Served

13:45: Complimentary Wine Tasting

Our Speakers

Nick Waterfield

Nick Waterfield

Managing Director
Fire Design Solutions

Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan

Director
FDS Consult

Allan Hurdle

Allan Hurdle

HVAC Consultant
Consultant to the SCA

Simon Sheldon

Simon Sheldon

Technical Manager
Fire Design Solutions
John Harris

John Harris

Sales & Marketing
Fire Design Solutions

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