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Understanding fire safety requirements for high rise buildings
The final report from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety1 (led by Dame Judith Hackitt) was published in May 2018, proposing radical changes to how the construction industry tackles the issue of fire safety in Higher Risk Residential Buildings (HRRBs). If the recommendations in the report are adopted by government, it will take a considerable amount of time, and a huge cultural shift to implement the full scope of what is proposed. In the meantime, there has been a specific focus from the media and other interested parties on which materials should be permitted in rainscreen cladding applications. This paper sets out the current requirements, what the issues are and how the Hackitt Review could revolutionise the way in which we build.
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Adrian Pargeter joined Kingspan Insulation in 2009 after 20 years’ experience working in the automotive component supply chain sector. Adrian started in the Research & Development department, where he was responsible for fundamental research into Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) as part of the development of the Kingspan OPTIM-R VIP system. Subsequently he worked as a Product Development Manager, focusing on developing thinner insulation solutions for energy efficient buildings, before moving onto Head of Marketing. In 2015, Adrian became Head of Technical and Marketing for KIL GB, responsible for Technical Services, Technical Projects, Marketing and Product Development.