As the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire approaches on 14 June, the Government has launched a consultation on the use of desktop studies in fire safety testing.
26 April 2018
Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into building regulations and fire safety, commissioned after the horrific events of last year, questioned the use of these studies in its December 2017 interim report.
The Government committed to revise guidance on fire safety and produce a new British Standard on when and how desktop studies can be used. It has now, ahead of Dame Judith’s final report in late May, published a consultation proposing changes to regulations and guidance.
The Federation will be submitting a sector response to the consultation and we are seeking views and evidence from members to inform this.
The consultation closes on 27 May, but we are requesting responses from members by Monday 7 May to allow us to compile a full sector response.
We continue to engage closely with the Hackitt Review as it prepares its final report – read our final submission.
We will be organising member engagement events across the sector when the review publishes its report in May, to discuss the recommendations and implications for housing associations.