Update on water sprinklers provision – government consultation (26 May 2020)

BackgroundDuring the Council’s attempt to retro-fit water sprinklers in 100 high rise buildings it had been mentioned in a complaint to the Council that all leaseholders should be involved in the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTPT) as the outcome could possibly impact other leaseholders if it was decided at a later point to extend the retro-fitting to buildings which are a lower in height. With this in mind readers may be interested in the outcome of the latest Government water sprinkler consultation.

Detail of outcome

 As per the Government website:

 “Government response: sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats

Government response to the consultation on proposed changes to Approved Document B lowering the height threshold for sprinklers in new blocks of flats and introducing new guidance on wayfinding signage and evacuation alert systems.

Impact assessment: sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats

Impact assessment on the amendments to Approved Document B (fire safety) volumes 1 and 2 regarding sprinklers and wayfinding signage in blocks of flats. These amendments reduce the height threshold for sprinklers in blocks of flats from 30 metres to 11 metres and introduce new guidance on consistent wayfinding signage in blocks of flats over 11 metres to assist firefighters.

The analysis compares the amendments to a ‘do nothing’ option of no change to the guidance, and another option of setting the sprinkler and wayfinding signage height threshold to 18 metres instead of 11 metres”.

Relevant information (which have been hyperlinked)

Caveats

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