The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has published a consultation on proposed amendments to Building Regulations – Approved Document B.
The consultation seeks views on options to:
- recommend sprinklers in new care homes, regardless of building height;
- remove the national classification system for construction products (BS 476 series) – including Class 0 – and require all relevant construction products to be tested to the British Standard version of the European Standard;
- introduce a threshold whereby residential buildings above 30 metres in height should be designed and built with 2 staircases;
- launch a call for evidence on revisions to paragraphs 10.6 and 10.7 of Approved Document B covering materials and products used in the construction of external walls.
The consultation can be found closes at 11:45pm on 17 March 2023 and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/sprinklers-in-care-homes-removal-of-national-classes-and-staircases-in-residential-buildings