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Building Regulations - New fire safety requirements

Building Regulations Approved Document B [Fire Saftey] was published on 18th December 2006, and comes into force on 6th April 2007.

Approved Document B is split into two. B1 - Dwelling houses, and B2 - Buildings other than dwelling houses, including the common parts of blocks of flats.

B1 reduces the requirements for door-closing devices in dwellings.

B2 requires that inclusive egress for disabled people be incorporated into the means of escape, and gives guidance on the provision of refuges, installing fire alarms to alert Deaf users of an emergency alarm, and level thresholds to final exits on fire escape routes.

For buildings covered by the RRO* - a new regulation, B16, requires the provision of fire safety information at handover to the 'responsible person'. This is to assist in the production of management procedures for the safe evacuation of all users of the building.

A copy of Part B can be downloaded free of charge from

[* Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, operational since 1st October 2006]

Inclusive Design - it's on our agenda !

Lead Consultant at Future Inclusive, Hilary Tansley, has qualified for membership of the RICS Inclusive Environment Scheme, one of only 15 country-wide to achieve membership to date.

The scheme was started last year by the RICS, to promote excellence in the field of inclusive environments, and to offer quality assurance to clients seeking advice on inclusive design and the implications of the DDA.

Hilary is a Chartered Building Surveyor and is also registered as a Consultant member on the National Register of Access Consultants.

Future Inclusive work nationally from a base in the East Midlands, providing access audits, access statements, design appraisals and training.

DDA 2005 now fully in force

DDA 2005 has been fully in force since 4th December 2006.
Most importantly - public bodies, such as local councils, are required to produce a 'Disability Equality Scheme' to show how they will ensure that disabled people will get equal outcomes from the services provided.
Duties to disabled people are extended to bus and train services, public authorities and private clubs. People diagnosed with some illnesses, such as cancer and MS, are protected from discrimination from the date of diagnosis.

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