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SCA presents at Fire Safety Event

SCA presents at Fire Safety Event

The SCA recently took part in two highly informative seminars sessions at the Fire Safety Event in Birmingham.

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New central register and certification scheme for Building Safety Managers launched

New central register and certification scheme for Building Safety Managers launched

The Building Safety Alliance, an independent industry led ‘not for profit’ organisation, has been launched.

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SCA welcomes Expert Group statement on building safety

SCA welcomes Expert Group statement on building safety

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has welcomed a statement from a group of independent experts on building safety in medium and lower-rise blocks of flats.

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Building safety bill published

Building safety bill published

The Government has published the Building Safety Bill, which outlines the most significant changes to building safety regulation in a generation. 

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Chairman’s message of support for Know your Building campaign

Chairman’s message of support for Know your Building campaign

In support of the Fire Protection Association’s (FPA) Know Your Building campaign, David Mowatt, Chairman of the SCA, has recorded a short video message.

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SCA signs up to Fire Safety Event

SCA signs up to Fire Safety Event

The SCA is pleased to announce that the association has signed up to be a supporter of the Fire Safety Event and will have a dedicated SCA stand and speaking slot at the Birmingham based event taking place on 7-9th September 2021.

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MHCLG publishes ‘gateway one’ guidance

MHCLG publishes ‘gateway one’ guidance

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published guidance outlining the responsibilities of planning applicants and local authorities at ‘planning gateway one’ under the Building Safety Bill.

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Apprentice incentive payments deadline

Apprentice incentive payments deadline

The deadline for employers to claim the incentive payment for new apprentices hired between 1st August 2020 and March 2021 is fast approaching. 

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Government to introduce Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

Government to introduce Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

As announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier this week, the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill will be introduced on 18 May.

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Controversial Fire Safety Bill becomes law

Controversial Fire Safety Bill becomes law

New legislation which could result in leaseholders facing financial ruin has passed through Parliament after MPs voted against an amendment to the Fire Safety Bill.

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1% of buildings complying with vital fire safety measure

1% of buildings complying with vital fire safety measure

Despite their crucial fire safety role, huge numbers of fire and smoke dampers remain untested in thousands of buildings across the UK, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

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PI Insurance for Construction

PI Insurance for Construction

Since the Grenfell Tower fire, companies in the construction industry have found it increasingly difficult to secure appropriate and affordable Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance.

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SCA involved in ASFP passive fire protection webinar

SCA involved in ASFP passive fire protection webinar

Alan Meek of Group SCS represented the SCA at a recent Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) webinar on Passive Fire Protection for Designers & Specifiers.

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Passive fire protection and modern forms of compartmentation webinars

Passive fire protection and modern forms of compartmentation webinars

The ASFP will be hosting a passive fire protection webinar on 31 March, followed by a a practical session on modern forms of compartmentation on 19th May.

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HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the appointment of a Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

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New regulator established to ensure construction materials are safe

New regulator established to ensure construction materials are safe

The government has introduced a new national regulator to ensure homes are built from safe construction materials and products.

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SCA releases guidance on CFD analysis for smoke control design

SCA releases guidance on CFD analysis for smoke control design

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has published a new guidance document titled ‘SCA guidance on CFD analysis for Smoke Control design in Buildings’.

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FPA launches Know Your Building campaign

FPA launches Know Your Building campaign

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) has launched its ‘Know Your Building’ campaign in a bid help building owners and managers better understand the threat posed by fire and help to bolster business resilience

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SCA offers six CIBSE certified CPD presentations

SCA offers six CIBSE certified CPD presentations

The Smoke Control Association now has six CIBSE certified CPD presentations available to present to its range of audiences.

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Smoke Control Association white paper considers ADB grey areas

Smoke Control Association white paper considers ADB grey areas

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has published a white paper titled ‘Guidance on the Specification of Products and Systems for Smoke Shafts.'

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Three SCA presentations now certified by CIBSE

Three SCA presentations now certified by CIBSE

The Smoke Control Association has had three of its educational CPD presentations approved by CIBSE.

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IFSEC Global November 2020

IFSEC Global November 2020

David Mowatt discusses the pressing need for change and outlines the reasons behind the SCA’s introduction of a third-party accredited smoke control Installer certification scheme.

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Hackitt hints at plan to reward ‘early adopters’ and warns that some firms will not survive reform

Hackitt hints at plan to reward ‘early adopters’ and warns that some firms will not survive reform

Dame Judith Hackitt has announced plans to recognise companies who reform their working practices before they are forced to by new regulations.

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SCA members commit to strict compliance requirements

SCA members commit to strict compliance requirements

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has announced that all of its members have signed up to stringent new membership requirements designed to maintain the highest industry standards.

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Webinar 27-08-20 – CABE

Webinar 27-08-20 – CABE

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Improving competency and testing for smoke control systems

Improving competency and testing for smoke control systems

New accreditation and certification schemes have been launched to improve competency and compliance in the smoke control sector. Alex Smith talks to Allan Hurdle about the industry’s response to the Hackitt report.

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SDI 19 Scheme for Installers of Smoke Control Systems gains UKAS approval

SDI 19 Scheme for Installers of Smoke Control Systems gains UKAS approval

UKAS has confirmed IFC Certification’s scope extension which incorporates nine additional scopes to the existing IFC UKAS accreditation. This includes the SDI 19 Scheme for Installers of Smoke Control Systems and means the scheme is now officially UKAS approved.

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SCA secures CIBSE accreditation for second CPD course

SCA secures CIBSE accreditation for second CPD course

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has announced that it has secured CIBSE accreditation for its latest CPD presentation aimed at building consultants, engineers, contactors and designers with an interest in the design, specification and installation of smoke control systems in apartment buildings.

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FETA and the Coronavirus

FETA and the Coronavirus

In the light of the Government’s latest announcements on public health measures related to the COVID-19 virus FETA has adjusted its working practices accordingly. Staff are now working from home, and to that end, until further notice, we will no longer organise physical meetings at the Hare Hatch offices, or elsewhere. 

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What you need to know about coronavirus and how it will impact your business

What you need to know about coronavirus and how it will impact your business

The Construction Industry Council and the Construction Leadership Council  both provide useful advice for the Construction Industry during these unprecedent times

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SCA Technical Consultant to chair new BSI Working Group

SCA Technical Consultant to chair new BSI Working Group

Allan Hurdle, Technical Consultant to the SCA, is now chairman of the new BSI Working Group - FSH/025/0-/05 Smoke Fans Group - for post installation, service and maintenance.

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SCA releases updated guidance document

SCA releases updated guidance document

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has released an updated version of its comprehensive ‘Guidance on Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings’ document.

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Presentation given by Allan Hurdle of the SCA on the 27 January at the FPA seminar

Presentation given by Allan Hurdle of the SCA on the 27 January at the FPA seminar

Click here to download the SCA presentation in PDF format, given at the recent FPA 'building a Safer future' seminar

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SCA at the BESA National Conference

SCA at the BESA National Conference

At the recent BESA National Conference held in London, the SCA was asked to be part of the Fire Safety Panel and update delegates on the latest position of their IFC Competence Scheme and the 12 Working Groups set up after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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Phase 1 report into Grenfell Tower fire released

Phase 1 report into Grenfell Tower fire released

Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s phase 1 report into the Grenfell Tower fire is now available

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CIBSE accredited CPD course

CIBSE accredited CPD course

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has introduced a new CIBSE accredited continuing professional development (CPD) presentation for consultants, engineers, designers and contractors interested in the certification and testing of smoke control products.

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Don’t cut corners on fire safety, says SCA

Don’t cut corners on fire safety, says SCA

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has warned companies to stop cutting corners when it comes to fire safety in commercial buildings or risk breaching the Fire Safety Order 2005 and facing prosecution and hefty fines.

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PBC Today August 2019

PBC Today August 2019

SCA Chairman David Mowatt discusses future Building Regulations: competence, compliance and a commitment to change in PBC Today.

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Government announces clarification of language contained in Approved Document B

Government announces clarification of language contained in Approved Document B

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that Approved Document B has been redrafted to clarify its language and content in line with the Department’s style guide for approved documents.

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SCA welcomes Hackitt implementation plan

SCA welcomes Hackitt implementation plan

In response to the recent announcement that the Government plans to introduce a tougher regulatory system for building safety, the Smoke Control Association (SCA) has voiced its full support for the proposed programme of reform.

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SCA welcomes Hackitt implementation plan

SCA welcomes Hackitt implementation plan

In response to the recent announcement that the Government plans to introduce a tougher regulatory system for building safety, the Smoke Control Association (SCA) has voiced its full support for the proposed programme of reform.

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65% of residential tower blocks failing on fire safety

65% of residential tower blocks failing on fire safety

The latest Hackitt Review Update Seminar held by the Fire Protection Association (FPA) highlighted some worrying statistics.

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Smoke Control Association and BAFSA Issue Joint Statement

Smoke Control Association and BAFSA Issue Joint Statement

The Grenfell fire tragedy and subsequently the Dame Judith Hackitt report have focused attention and scrutiny on fire safety systems

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Setting the Standard – SE Controls becomes the first SCA IFC SDI 19 certified company

Setting the Standard – SE Controls becomes the first SCA IFC SDI 19 certified company

SE Controls has become the first company to be approved under the new SDI 19 certification scheme, which has been developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA) in partnership with IFC Certification and has been introduced to help raise standards across the industry.

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SCA signs up to support 100% Hackitt initiative

SCA signs up to support 100% Hackitt initiative

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has declared its backing for a new industry initiative launched to encourage the government to deliver on all of the recommendations laid out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety processes.

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Clearing the air on mechanical smoke extraction guidance

Clearing the air on mechanical smoke extraction guidance

The current lack of definitive guidance for auditing mechanical smoke extraction designs in high-rise buildings means that their specification is often based on cost rather than verifiable information on their performance.

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Lessons from Grenfell

Lessons from Grenfell

As product design and technology moves on apace, MBS looks at some key trends in design for building services and what's driving them. Buildings and occupants are constantly changing, and so the requirements for services design must also evolve.

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Roundtable – key issues around smoke control regulation after Grenfell

Roundtable – key issues around smoke control regulation after Grenfell

Fire safety issues flagged by Dame Judith Hackitt after Grenfell were tackled by smoke control experts at a recent roundtable sponsored by Colt. Liza Young follows an in-depth debate on competency, guidance and whole life fire strategy.

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SCA Helps Develop New Certification Scheme for Contractors Installing Smoke Control Systems

SCA Helps Develop New Certification Scheme for Contractors Installing Smoke Control Systems

A new certification scheme developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), in partnership with IFC Certification, has been finalised and is expected to help raise standards across the industry.

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