Due to huge demand for tickets for the RICS Fire Safety Conference in September, the event will be repeated on 28 November. The programme will include the same session topics and most of the same speakers as it did the first time.
Fire also features prominently again in this issue of the Building Control Journal. RICS had extensive behind-the-scenes involvement in the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and fire safety, and Gary Strong outlines how it is helping ensure the recommendations are implemented.
Choosing the right detection technology is essential, too, if you are to avoid the twin risks of fire and false alarms, so Simon Sandland-Taylor details how you can pick the right system for yourself. And, as the latest edition of the Wiring Regulations broadens their scope in terms of safety, Gary Parker highlights the significant changes that have been made.
Likewise crucial for safety are the various means of evacuating buildings in the event of fire so James Lane takes us through the options, while Arup’s Nick Troth goes on to outline common problems that arise when safety is not considered comprehensively from the design stage onwards.
This is also the year of the RAF’s centennial, and the Battle of Britain Bunker and Visitor Centre has won the London Borough of Hillingdon a regional LABC Building Excellence Award; Helen Murray explains how the project achieved this.
Elsewhere in this edition, Andrew Crooks reminds us of the legal provisions to ensure continuity of Building Regulation enforcement between approved inspectors and local authorities, and Jane Keeley describes how an historic school in Cleethorpes was converted into a nursing home.
After this issue, building control will be joining building conservation and building surveying among the topics to be covered by the new RICS Built Environment Journal. The title will continue to address key issues in the profession, as well as having a fresh, authoritative design to take it into the new year – and beyond.
I welcome your thoughts and ideas about both the new-look journal and the sector as a whole, so do please continue to 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.