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RIBA responds to Government announcement to improve building and fire safety

20 January 2020

The RIBA has today responded to the Government's announcement of new measures to improve building and fire safety regulations. 

Jane Duncan, Chair of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, said: 

“I’m pleased to see the government commit to addressing some of the urgent issues in UK buildings safety regulations, and welcome proposals to extend requirements for sprinklers and the ban on combustible materials. This year will mark the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, and far too little has changed since the tragedy.

The RIBA will continue to lobby for strong baseline fire safety regulations on the use of combustible materials; means of warning and escape, and sprinkler systems, along with a comprehensive review of regulations and guidance. Urgent action is needed so people can feel safe in their homes.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. For further press information contact: Emily.Stallard@riba.org or +44 (0) 20 7307 3813

2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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