Three key changes to building safety requirements that will affect new residential buildings are due to come into effect on 26 November 2020. We described these changes, which are part of the government’s full technical review of Approved Document B, in our June 2020 article. Approved Document B comprises the building regulations in England covering fire safety matters within and around buildings. You can find out more about the technical review here.
The changes to Approved Document B that are coming into effect next month, affecting new buildings only, are that:
We submitted a response to the government’s call for evidence in February 2019, in which we supported the proposed changes, but highlighted that the review must consider how these additional measures could be funded so as not to impact on housing associations’ capacity to build new affordable homes.
We also contributed to the government’s consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in high-rise blocks of flats, which fed into these changes.
You can find out more about the amendments to Approved Document B on the government’s website.