The government is seeking views on the improved clarity and usability of new draft guidance on fire safety in Building Regulations Approved Document B, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt. The clarified draft contains revised guidance on restricting the use of assessments in lieu of tests and the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise buildings, both the subject of separate consultation.
The government is to produce a detailed impact assessment based on the information received from the consultation to inform its final policy decision.
The consultation closes on 11 October 2018.
The Secretary of State for Communities has also said that he will conduct a full-scale review of the Approved Document B guidelines, commencing in the autumn. The technical review will assess, amongst other things, whether the underlying policy should be updated to reflect modern building practice, the latest understanding of fire risks and technical and scientific innovations.
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