The theme of this issue of the journal is fire – always a hot topic for building control.
The Fire Safety Federation’s Celestine Cheong argues for improved guidance on the matter in Approved Document B, and Dr Chris Salter discusses BRE’s work on fire design for open-plan flats. Trenton Fire’s Eoin O’Loughlin and Dr Danny Hopkin go on to review structural fire resistance issues, while Hugh Johnson discusses the benefits of installing sprinklers in schools.
Elsewhere, Polypipe’s technical director Ian Crickmore considers how to alleviate water drainage problems caused by urban population growth and BBA’s project manager Martin Oxley charts the rise of reflective insulation.
Finally, RICS Property Standards Director Peter Bolton-King explains why the work of the International Ethics Standards Coalition is so important for all surveyors.
“Education about ethics and related issues is as important as enforcement in terms of reducing the risk of poor conduct. Without it, dark corners in large and complex companies have a stronger chance of persisting.”
Editor, Built Environment Journal
Barney works with professionals to produce building surveying, building control and interdisciplinary material that supports surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.