RIBA Insist Sprinkler Retrofits Should Be Mandatory


The Royal Institute of British Architects insists the retrofitting of sprinklers should be made a mandatory part of tower block refurbishments.

They claim sprinkler systems or automatic fire suppression systems and fire alarms should be retrofitted to all residential buildings higher than 19 meters – regardless of age.

And the RIBA told the government’s building regulations review that the ‘stay put’ fire response advice should be reviewed in favour of an evacuation policy.

The RIBA has been asked to submit evidence and recommendations as part of the governments building regulations review.

Dame Judith Hackitt is leading the review which is due to be published in spring 2018, followed by a response to parliament by the government.

Jane Duncan, chair of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, said: “The RIBA welcomes Dame Judith Hackitt’s review but we believe it must be more comprehensive, addressing the details of building regulations guidance as well as the broader regulatory system.

“The review should cover all building types and construction methods, not just those relating to high-rise, multiple-occupancy residential buildings.”

The RIBA submitted 15 recommendations to the review including calls for fire suppression systems to be installed in all new and converted residential buildings as well as multiple staircases in all new high rise developments.

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