We had a great time at the Housing 2023 event!
Fire safety is our whole business!
Housing 2023 Event Recap
This week, Global exhibited at the Housing 2023 exhibition event at Manchester Central, showcasing our extensive list of services and expertise. It was great to see so many familiar faces, and to meet so many new ones. Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at our stand. We had some great conversations with other industry experts, as well as those who were interested in our services.
We were exhibiting with our technical consultancy division, Global Technical Services, and the Mechanical Engineering & Plumbing and Sustainability division, Global Building Environments. Exhibiting as The Global Group enabled us to provide our complete approach to the Golden Thread, offering the best possible solutions to the fire safety requirements of potential customers.
During the course of this event, we became aware that some services offered by the Global Group were not completely understood by all participants. In light of this, we thought it would be useful to recap and address some of the frequently asked questions our team received.
What is a Fire Strategy?
A Fire Strategy is a crucial element in the initial stages of building conception, commonly developed alongside the architectural plans. Its fundamental objective is to ensure the safety and compliance of a building by meticulously examining potential risks, problems, and solutions within a building.
A comprehensive Fire Strategy should address various aspects of fire safety within a building. It should assess potential fire risks, including ignition points and fire spread based on construction plans and materials. The strategy should propose measures to minimize fire risk, such as compartmentation, ventilation, and passive fire protection. Both internal (e.g., cladding) and external (e.g., access for emergency services) risks should be considered.
Additionally, the strategy should outline evacuation procedures, escape routes, fire exits, and assembly points. It should specify methods of warning, such as fire alarms, and recommend fire detection and suppression equipment like smoke alarms, extinguishers, and sprinklers. The report should cover emergency lighting, fire signage, and Fire Ratings for doors, walls, ceilings, and floors.
To learn more about Global’s Fire Strategy services take a look at our service page or get in touch.
Fire Risk Assessment Services
Global offers a comprehensive fire risk assessment service to assist your business in gaining a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles outlined in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. At Global, we ensure that appropriate and thorough fire risk assessments are conducted to identify any potential hazards and risks. Subsequently, we provide precise and practical recommendations to aid you in achieving fire safety and legal compliance.
External wall inspections
An External Wall Inspection typically entails evaluating the condition and safety of the outer walls or structure of a building. This assessment is generally carried out by a qualified building inspector or engineer, who examines aspects such as façade configuration, combustibility of materials, workmanship, and adherence to building regulations.
If any issues are detected, the inspector will provide a comprehensive report outlining the problem, its severity, and recommendations for necessary remedial action. Depending on the extent of the issue, this may involve repairs or replacement of the affected areas of the wall.
The PAS 9980:2022 document serves as a code of practice, offering a systematic approach for competent Building Professionals, including Building Surveyors and Fire Engineers, to conduct a Fire Risk Appraisal of a building’s External Walls. These individuals are responsible for evaluating the potential for fire spread through external wall construction and cladding, providing valuable insights to inform the building’s Fire Risk Assessment.