A Guide to the Digital Requirements of Fire Safety Compliance

Symetri’s guide on the digital requirements of the Building & Fire Safety Acts, and the BS8644-1 Digital Management of Fire Safety Information Standard

A Guide to the Digital Requirements of Fire Safety Compliance

As a result of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry was set up. Phase 1 was issued in October 2019 concluding in Chapter 26, “there was compelling evidence that the external walls of the building failed to comply with Requirement B4 (1) of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010”. Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry concluded that the building’s exterior did not comply with regulations and was the central reason why the fire spread. Phase 2 of the inquiry is still ongoing.

In parallel with the Inquiry in September 2017, as part of the Government’s response, the government commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt to review the Building Regulations and Fire Safety Act and in particular, their impact on Fire Safety. Now known as the Hackitt report, the recommendations were wide and far reaching. In December 2018, the Government undertook to implement the report in full.

From these recommendations, a new fire safety act was introduced in April 2021 and the government published the Golden Thread Report in July 2021. These form a subset of the UK government’s Building Safety Bill which In April 2022, received Royal Assent making it the Building Safety Act and a new British Standard code of conduct ‘BS8644-1 Digital management of fire safety information’, which was published on 29th July 2022.

In this whitepaper, we look at the digital implications of the Hackitt report’s recommendations.

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