ADB Revisions and Updates on Fire Safety Legislation
26 May 2020
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have published Approved Document B (ADB) revisions and announced remediation fund application process. Today, Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, has published a further update on measures stemming from the Building Safety Programme aimed at ensuring that residents are safe, very importantly, feel safe in their homes.
This latest package of policy updates and reports includes:
The announcement by the Secretary of State covers two areas of the Building Safety Programme:
The Prospectus for the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of non-ACM cladding systems – In the 2020 Budget, the Government announced that it would provide £1 billion in 2020/21 to support the remediation of unsafe, non-ACM cladding systems on residential buildings in both the private and social housing sectors that are 18 metres and over.
Building owners, freeholders, or other responsible entities are encouraged to register their buildings. The registration process will be open in the first week of June, ahead of MHCLG publishing full guidance and the application process being made available by 31 July 2020 for buildings that meet the technical criteria.
Response to MHCLG’s consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats – MHCLG have published an update today an to the guidance to the building regulations (ADB). This update to ADB includes provisions for sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in new blocks of flats over 11 metres tall.
These amendments will take effect on 26 November 2020, with the full transitional arrangements detailed in a circular letter also published today.
This is accompanied by the Government's response to the consultation as well as the full impact assessment for the amendments to the guidance which can be found here.
The Government has restated that it remains committed to bringing forward legislation to reform the system of fire and building safety, as well as give residents a stronger voice. MHCLG expects to publish the Building Safety Bill, including legislation for the radically new building and fire safety system, in draft before summer recess.