PBC Today article – SCA Chairman discusses Future Building Regulations

Future Building Regulations

Chairman of the Smoke Control Association (SCA), David Mowatt, has written an article, ‘Future Building Regulations: Competence, compliance and a commitment to change’, published in PBC Today.

Future Building Regulations

Mowatt mentions the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety which he claims will bring much-needed reform and provide clear guidance on accountability and responsibility for building safety.

He also said,

‘The SCA fully supports the government reform proposal that recommends someone remains responsible for managing fire risks throughout the life of the building, ensuring regular maintenance on all life safety systems.’

Mowatt goes on to talk about the increased complexity of high-rise building design, saying the primary objective of the smoke ventilation system being to protect the staircase and communal areas.

He states,

‘It is hoped that the new regulations will encourage exceptionally high levels of competence in the design of life safety systems in high-rise residential buildings, improving conditions for residents and firefighters alike.’

The Chairman finishes by touching on the fact the SCA has taken the lead on improving competency levels within the smoke control sector and that the association is responsible for producing guidance on smoke control systems in high-rise buildings so designers, installers and authorities can access this vital advice on the prevention of smoke spreading throughout a building.

‘As an association committed to raising standards, the SCA strongly believes that the industry has suffered from a clear lack of resolve when it comes to issues involving compliance and enforcement and is hopeful that the proposals stemming from Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review will go a long way towards addressing the problem and forcing through a lasting cultural shift.’

Read the full article on the online edition from page 236 at https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/publications/pbc-today-august-2019/61165/.