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Stellar line-up of speakers booked for the “Building a safer future” seminar

The Fire Protection Association, renowned for bringing together industry professionals to provide expert guidance, is holding the “Building a safer future” seminar on Wednesday 27th February.

The government’s response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, Building a Safer Future”, was released in December in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and confirmed that a ‘stronger and more effective regulatory framework’ is required which ‘commits the government to a programme of reform over the coming years’.

The Fire Protection Association’s seminar will feature leading experts who will focus on the detail of the Government’s implementation plan of Hackitt’s recommendations and how safety standards and regulations are changing. Speakers will also address the implications for industry, stakeholders, and residents of tall buildings, and how different agencies can work together to improve and promote fire safety.

Commenting on the relevance of the seminar, Fire Protection Association Managing Director Jonathan O’Neill said:

“Whilst we welcome all the work on building regulations that has been achieved to date by Dame Judith Hackitt, since the government’s implementation plan it has become apparent that there are many grey areas that need un-picking, so that those implementing the recommendations actually understand the implications.”

The event will be chaired by Jonathan O’Neill and speakers include:

  • Ian Moore, chief executive, Fire Industry Association – The importance of third party certification in effecting change
  • Dr Jim Glockling – Technical Director, Fire Protection Association – Building information modelling (BIM) and resilient buildings
  • Nick Coombe – Protection Vice-Chair, national Fire Chief’s Council – How will the enforcement regulation landscape evolve?
  • Graham Watts – Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council – Creating the competency framework
  • Kirti Ruikar – Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University – Building information modelling and its role in supporting Hackitt’s “Golden Thread of building information”

Learning outcomes on the day will include:

  • Covering the findings and recommendations of Building a Safer Futureand the delivery  of Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations as highlighted in the government’s implementation plan
  • Understanding what the implications are for current legislation, and guidance, and anticipating changes that will come in the months ahead
  • The role of building information modelling (BIM) and improving the visibility of building information
  • Effectively evaluating and understanding what fire safety regulations are not fit for purpose
  • How ‘early adopters’ are seeking to address the safety concerns of residents of high rise buildings and lessons learned to date
  • An understanding of third-party certification, and its growing importance in ensuring building and occupant safety
  • What the future is for compliance and enforcement activity – approach, resourcing and penalties
  • How sectors can work collaboratively and with understanding to drive up standards and response to fire incidents
  • The outcomes to date of the competency standards group workstreams activities and likely impacts on design, construction, fire and management personnel

This seminar is ideal for:

  • Social housing providers
  • Building owners, landlords and managing agents
  • Insurers/brokers
  • Facilities/building managers
  • Health and safety managers
  • Construction industry professionals and manufacturers
  • Architects and designers
  • Building control officers and approved inspectors
  • Fire risk assessors
  • Fire engineers
  • Fire and rescue services enforcement officers

Seminar details

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019

Venue: The Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0RH

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

To book

Further details can be found at:

Or call the Fire Protection Association’s training team on 01608 812500