Ensuring fire safety can be problematic when dealing with flat entrance doors. In this issue, RICS Global Building Standards Director Gary Strong offers advice on the regulatory regime, and with questions about fire detection and alarms for buildings persisting despite BSI’s revised standard, Simon Sandland-Taylor provides some clarification.
Another factor crucial for safety, given the number of appliances used in most buildings today, is preventing electrical surges, and Gary Parker summarises the relevant guidance. Meanwhile, following his review of different facade types in the previous issue, Diego Alves considers the performance of modern systems during fires.
Elsewhere in this edition, Rachel Morris outlines the vital role of clerks of works in construction projects, and Dr Chris Cocking argues that panic is a poor way of modelling crowd behaviour in emergencies. Craig MacDonald also describes how he took the opportunity to survey dilapidated hospitals in Papua New Guinea, and in the second of her articles on urban resilience, Sara Wilkinson outlines the important questions that surveyors need to ask themselves and their clients to ensure buildings are protected.
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 building surveying, building control and interdisciplinary material that supports surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.