Sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats – consultation briefing

The Government is consulting on proposals to reduce the trigger height at which sprinkler systems are required in new-build blocks of flats, as well as changes to wayfinding signage and evacuation alarms.

12 September 2019

As part of a number of announcements on fire safety, the Government announced this new consultation on 5 September. We're seeking members' views to put together a sector response to the consultation. In this briefing, you'll find a summary of the proposed changes, and some key questions for housing associations. To contribute to our response, please share your views with us by Monday 11 November. 

About the consultation 

This Government has published a consutlation outlining its intention to amend Approved Document B of the Building Regulations. It is proposing to: 

  • reduce the trigger height at which sprinkler systems would be required in new high-rise blocks of flats
  • improve wayfinding signage within blocks of flats
  • install evacuation alert systems for us by the fire and rescue services. 

The consultation is open until 28 November, and we're seeking our members' views to shape our sector response by Monday 11 November. The Government will consider and analyse the responses to this consultation to progress with changes to Approved Document B for sprinkler provision in new high-rise blocks of flats, and assess whether to make changes to fire safety guidance and other proposals. 

How to share your views

We're seeking our members' views to shape our sector response. Our member briefing summarises the proposals and outlines some key questions for housing associations. We'd like to hear your views on these questions by Monday 11 November. 

You can share your views with us by contacting Tommy Collins, Policy Officer (tommy.collins@housing.org.uk or 0117 952 9916).