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FSF continues call for ADB review following tragic Grenfell Tower fire

20 June 2017

Renewed calls for the review of Approved Document B (ADB) have been made by the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) following last week's horrific Grenfell Tower fire in West London.

Reasons for the review are outlined in its brochure, Why does Approved Document B need to be reviewed?, scheduled for launch at the Firex International exhibition that opens today in London's ExCeL centre.

In addition to explaining the reasons for a review, it highlights the fact that the ADB is designed to provide guidance on the minimum legal requirements comply with the Building Regulations and is not a legislative document.

The ADB: Fire Safety was last reviewed in 2006, since when many changes have occurred in building design, practice and materials.

It further explains that technological changes and new expectations for the use and sustainability of buildings means that the guidance document is now out of date.

The FSF states that the pace of transformation of construction and design, coupled with the continued threat of fire is placing business and communities at risk.

FSF Built Environment Issues and Affairs Workstream chair Tom Roche said: "Fire risk has to be seen in the context of the built environment."

Citing the changes to practices, technology and materials, he continued: "Collectively we need to do the same with our fire strategy and regulations to meet the fire risks that arise from these changes."

A stronger collaborative approach is required to ensure the review "goes far enough to address these issues, the increased use of fire protection" while "simplifying recommendations for those using them directly," he said.

Concern was also expressed that the changes outlined are now outrunning the current testing practices, giving a misleading picture of "their true fire performance".

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