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Government open consultation regarding fire safety in existing buildings

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings – a call for evidence

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday (20/01/2020) launched a consultation “seeking views on how to assess and prioritise fire safety risks and how to better understand the complexity of building risk to ensure that an appropriate level of safety is achieved in existing buildings.”


MHCLG state they “are commissioning research to develop an evidence base on fire safety risk in buildings, which could assist building owners in the prioritisation of risks in existing buildings and prioritisation of buildings based on a broader understanding of risk.


This call for evidence is seeking views and evidence to help define the scope of this research by providing, in advance, stakeholder and industry views on approaches, tools and methodology that should be considered for this complex project.


The proposed research is in line with the Secretary of State’s commitment to conducting a full-scale technical review of the guidance to the Building Regulations and to provide advice to building owners and residents.”


- https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/fire-safety-risk-prioritisation-in-existing-buildings-a-call-for-evidence


BAFE will be responding to the consultation in the interest of determining evidentially competent providers for ongoing fire safety requirements of existing buildings. Stephen Adams, Chief Executive – BAFE, noted:


“We encourage everyone to review the document provided on the MHCLG website and to respond accordingly. It is extremely promising to see research into the existing built environment, something we have been calling for as necessary for some time. Improving the fire safety of new builds is vital, but it is just as important – if not more important, to make those responsible for existing buildings already inhabited appropriately manage their risk and action this.”


The open consultation Fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings – a call for evidence is open for responses from 20/01/2020 and closes 17/02/2020 at 11:45pm. The document and methods of responding can be found via the link below:



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