Consultation on the Government’s, Fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings, ended on17th February. The consultation is part of a technical review of the Fire Safety guidance to the Building Regulations (Approved Document B), following the Grenfell fire. Current advice to building owners and residents will also be improved.
BAFE agreed that for existing buildings a risk- based, case by case approach was appropriate. They highlighted a number of factors apart from height that should be considered when assessing building risk, including:
- Fire Risk & Protection – What has the fire risk assessment identified? What is the current fire protection level?
- Occupancy – Are there any vulnerable residents?
- Construction methods/materials – How do these affect the building safety?
- Current means of escape – Are they adequate? Can they be improved?
- Change of building use – Have fire safety requirements changed? Has the fire risk assessment been reviewed or updated?
BAFE say that height is only one factor in building risk, citing the Rosepark Care Home fire as an example. They also pointed out that the majority of fires occur in domestic premises, many of which are not high-rise buildings.