Posted 18th January

CIPHE backs Dame Hackitt review on fire safety

By KBBDaily on 18th January 2018 - 13:39pm
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The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering – CIPHE – has backed the independent review of building regulations and fire safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, by adding its industry’s “professional input” through both the Construction Industry Council – CIC – and the Royal Academy of Engineering – RAE .

According to the CIPHE, it has been “involved in the specialism of residential fire sprinkler systems for the last 20 years”. The organisation noted that many professional plumbers “have diversified into this area”, and added that it is also backing formal accreditation and regulation of installers.

“With regards to the findings of Dame Hackitt’s interim report, I agree wholeheartedly that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose and that the prime focus over recent years has been on energy efficiency and the deregulatory agenda rather than on fire safety and of the importance of the regulations,” said CIPHE CEO Kevin Wellman.

“It is particularly pertinent, in my opinion, to call into question the competence of those involved in the design, construction, on-going operational management and maintenance of complex and high-risk buildings.”

He added: “Installing active fire protection systems is just the start. The need to ensure product compliance will be essential, together with regular maintenance to ensure these systems work as expected when they are required. As we have seen within our own and other industries, there will be untrained and unskilled individuals and companies taking advantage of a sudden leap in demand for sprinkler systems.”

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