RIBA moves for Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order to be scrapped and replaced with a regime like that which preceded it, where fire services issue building owners with fire certificates.
In its submission to the review of building and fire regulation led by Judith Hackitt, established in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the RIBA said that the shortcomings of the current regime was highlighted by the 228 high-rise buildings from across the country that government checks found to have flammable cladding.
The submission makes 15 recommendations, including retrofitting sprinklers to all high-rise residential buildings; reviewing the “stay put” policy; and mandating central fire alarms that can facilitate phased evacuations.
The RRFSO came into force in 2006, repealing around 70 pieces of fire safety legislation, principally the Fire Precautions Act and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations. The Fire Precautions Act required fire services or local authorities to issue a fire certificate to certain classes of premises. It assesses issues such as the provision of adequate fire precautions and means of escape.