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- All new residential buildings over 11m will now have to include a Secure Information Box to provide fire and rescue services (FRS) more information about a building
- New residential developments over 18m will have to incorporate an Evacuation Alert System to support FRS inform residents of a change in evacuation strategy during an incident
- Tougher standards for external wall materials on new medium-rise blocks of flats
- a ban on combustible materials being used will now extend to new hotels, hostels and boarding houses
- A ban on Metal Composite Material panels with unmodified polyethylene core, known as MCM PE, on all new buildings of any height
- A restriction on the combustibility of materials used in and on the external walls of residential buildings between 11-18m
The changes are said to form part of a wider update to tighten building regulations and provide clearer fire safety rules for the design or construction residential developments.
Building and Fire Safety Minister Lord Greenhalgh said:
“We have introduced the biggest improvements to building safety in a generation, under the Building Safety Act.
“These changes will support our tough new regulatory regime – ensuring fire safety measures are incorporated into new high-rise homes and all new residential buildings meet the same safety standards.
“It does not end here and I urge the industry act quickly to update their practises in line with these new rules.”