Friday 28 February 2020

Fire Safety in Schools


Owen Edwards - Butler & Young

Hugh Forster - IFC Group

Tom Kerr - Langley

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

Building Bulletin 100, ‘Design for Fire Safety in Schools’ (BB100), advises how to design School Buildings so that they satisfy Part B of the Building Regulations as indicated in the DfE Outputpsecification.  In addtion alternative guidance such as British Standard 9999. "Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings" provides guidance on how to meet Part B by attributing a risk profile to the Building, based on
the occupancy characteristics and the likely rate of fire growth. It potentially allows increases in travel distances and reduction in exit widths if additional fire safety measures are provided; and similarly, reduction in periods of fire resistance if certain ventilation conditions are satisfied.


Come and join us as our expert panel discusses:

  • The difference between Regulation and Guidance;

  • What guidance documents are available;

  • Determining life safety as opposed to property protection;

  • The role of fire suppression systems;

  • Challenges of MMC;

  • Fire Strategies and the importance of client input;

  • What lies ahead for future legislation.


Owen Edwards
Butler & Young
Owen Edwards has worked in the Building Control profession for over 30 years where his expertise has been developed across the whole range of project types including shopping centres, industrial,
warehouses, office complexes, education buildings and retail accommodation.

As Technical and Training Director Owen’s current role involves being the technical and training liaison person across the company ensuring technical guidance and policies are up to date, providing CPD, providing technical advice and interpretation and acting as Counsellor to APC
Candidates and Trainees.

Owen also provides Expert Reports on disputes in relation to Building Regulations and associated legislation and has recently attended the RICS Expert Witness Certificate training course. Owen sits on the Education Group of the Association of Corporate Approved Inspectors (ACAI) and is a panel member for the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) interviewing candidates for membership of CABE.


Hugh Forster
IFC Group

Hugh is a director of the Fire Safety Engineering section of IFC, having recently joined the business after a long career in the insurance industry. He is a Chartered Fire Engineer and has over 25 years experience in the fire safety and insurance industries.

Hugh is an interviewer for Chartered Engineer membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers, having held that status himself for more than 20 years. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham.


Hugh’s role in IFC is to provide technical expertise and leadership as the Company develops a wider client offering to encompass fire risk management including asset protection and business resilience as well as life safety.

Tom Kerr

Tom has been in the roofing industry for over fifteen years and has worked for Langley since 2009. He was promoted to the position of Sales Director after eight years as a Regional Sales Manager. Before Langley, he worked on the contracting side of the roofing industry, and is a member of the Institute of Roofing.


Tom works closely with clients to assist them with all aspects of roofing asset management and has a comprehensive understanding of roof systems and services and the evolving needs of the roofing industry. Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd is a leading supplier of high performance waterproofing systems, products and associated services across the UK.

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