Training and Education

CPD

Our façade fire safety CPD session, presented by our Managing Director Dorian Lawrence MCIOB C.Build E MCABE, will give you an in-depth understanding of evolving guidance and legislation surrounding the fire safety performance of the external walls of a building, as well as your obligations. These sessions can be presented in person at our office or yours, or via webcam on Teams or your preferred platform. All attendees will receive a copy of the presentation and their CPD certificate for the session.

“What a great training session! Thank you for visiting RBFRS and for providing some really useful CPD on external wall systems. It was great to have someone presenting who is so passionate about improving the level of understanding on complex fire safety issues.” – Ivan Spoor, Group Manager at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

“FRC delivered a CPD session to our staff; the session covered the Fire Safety Act and Building Safety Act. It was a fantastic overview of what is a complex matter and extremely well delivered.” – Sacha Marshall-Ocana, Chief Executive & Estate General Manager at Grosvenor Waterside Residents Company Ltd

“We had a great seminar with Dorian from FRC; both the knowledge and expertise in this industry shows why they are seen as leading experts.” – Strangford Management Ltd

Fire Safety Act 2021

Our industry-leading CPD sessions cover all current and incoming legislation. The Fire Safety Act clarifies the scope of the fire safety order to make clear it applies to the structure, external walls (including cladding and balconies) and individual flat entrance doors between domestic premises and the common parts of a multi-occupied residential building. It became law in April 2021 and commenced in full in May 2022.

Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

This is the implementation of recommendations from the Hackitt report and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Phase 1 will form part of future regulations under Section 24 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order from January 2023. The order applies to all premises, including workplaces and the common parts of all multi-occupied residential buildings. It will make it a requirement in law for responsible persons of high-rise blocks of flats to provide information to fire and rescue services to assist them to plan and provide an effective operational response.

Building Safety Act 2022

This Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019. A draft version was published in July 2020; the full version was published in July 2021. The Bill received royal assent in April 2022, thus becoming an Act. The more rigorous regime set out in the Act will apply to residential 7-storey, 18 m buildings and applies throughout the life cycle of new buildings, including at the occupation stage of existing buildings in scope, following a suitable transition period.

Building Safety Fund (BSF)

The fund was introduced by the government in 2020 to cover the cost of remediation of unsafe non-ACM cladding on high-rise buildings over 18 m in England. In the March 2020 budget, the government announced that it would provide £1 billion from 2020 to 2021. The fund opened for new applications, and for those with adaptations, in July 2022 for eligible buildings without a funding solution in place.

The fund is part of the wider building safety programme that aims to ensure that residents of high-rise buildings are safe in their homes. There will also be a separate fund to mitigate against life-safety fire risks associated with cladding on mid-rise residential buildings that are 11–18 m in height where a responsible person can demonstrate that other options to cover costs are unavailable, e.g., via warranties or by the developer. This fund has not yet opened for applications and further information will be published in due course.

Welsh Building Safety Fund

The Welsh Government introduced plans for the country’s own Building Safety Fund to continue the journey to ensure that existing buildings are made safe and future buildings are built, maintained and managed in a way that prioritises the safety of residents. If you are responsible for the management of multi-occupied buildings in Wales, it is important to differentiate between the English and Welsh Building Safety Funds, as they are very different. We can assist you with the application process, starting with the initial expression of interest form through to approval.

– Susan O’Brien, BP Management

“I don’t know what the sector would have done with you guiding us down the twisted pathway of this new legislation”

– Ivan Spoor, Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service

“What a great training session! Thank you for visiting RBFRS and for providing some really useful CPD on external wall systems… It was great to have someone presenting who is so passionate about improving the level of understanding on complex fire safety issues”

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service

– Adam Boumnaia, Thomas Bell-Wright International Ltd.

“I wanted to take a moment to personally commend you on your exceptional presentation style. It is not uncommon in the construction industry for CPD speakers to become somewhat monotonous when delving into technical details. However, you have managed to transcend this norm by infusing your talk with an infectious charisma, making it a truly captivating experience for the audience.

As a listener, I found your approach to be both refreshing and pleasurable. Your presentation was a true testament to your expertise and dedication.”

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