You will all have seen extensive media coverage of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in west London in June, and our condolences go out to all whose lives have been affected.
RICS will be submitting a response to the public inquiry that has been convened into the fire, with the inquiry’s first report expected next Easter. In this issue Martin Conlon and Gary Strong, in his role as RICS Global Building Standards Director, both review our own policy initiatives since the fire, including plans to develop an international standard on fire safety and a government-backed national register of fire risk assessors with other organisations.
Fire safety should be considered from an early stage in the design process and throughout a building’s construction under a new industry initiative, as Paul Bussey and Niall Rowan explain in their article, while Martin Duggan looks at the development of a series of formal qualifications in fire detection and alarms.
Elsewhere, Dilanthi Amaratunga outlines how construction policy will support the UN’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Jon Bowey introduces the General Data Protection Regulation and its potential impact on RICS professionals, and Martin Raisborough addresses the need to control noise and vibration from construction or demolition works.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas about the sector and the journal itself, so please do get in touch with me.
Editor, Built Environment Journal
Barney works with professionals to produce the Building Surveying Journal and Building Control Journal which support building surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.