Following the approximately 70 deaths and 70 injured from June's Grenfell Tower fire, a British architect group is demanding that fire sprinklers become a component of all new housing.
According to an article appearing in The Times, a British publication, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) is calling for more stringent building regulations, including the increased use of residential fire sprinklers. “The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy that must mark a turning point in the UK’s approach to fire safety regulation and building procurement,” Adrian Dobson, executive director of Riba, said in the article. “We must significantly strengthen and simplify the building regulations. This includes prohibiting the use of combustible materials and materials of limited combustibility in external wall construction in higher risk buildings, requiring more than one staircase in tall buildings, and including central alarm and sprinkler systems in all new residential buildings. Just like the introduction of seatbelts in cars, simple measures can save many lives.”
Riba, which has more than 30,000 members, also suggested that local fire brigades take a more active role in risk assessment of building projects.
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