It is likely that there will be some more fire safety legislation introduced in the near future, and it could possibly impact the installation of cables.
The Hackitt report after the fire at Grenfell Tower made a number of recommendations into building safety legislation, and since then a consultation paper (‘Building a Safer Future’) has recently closed.
The consultation paper from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) made a number of recommendations, including:
- Identifying a need for clearer standards and guidance
- Introducing the concept of ‘dutyholders’, those responsible for fire safety at planning, construction, and occupation phases of a building’s existence
- A new building safety regulator to provide oversight of the new standards and guidance
- Stronger enforcement of the new regulations, and greater penalties for non-compliance
- Recommending that residents are given more effective routes to raise their concerns about fire safety
Any regulations arising from the ‘Building a Safer Future’ are likely to apply to all multi-occupant residential buildings of 18 metres (six storeys) or more. It remains to be seen exactly what impact this will have on cable specification and installation, but with cable being a vital part of a building, it would be wise to expect some cable-related changes.