Height Validation Survey

Are you confident you know the correct height of your building(s)?

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If you’re a building owner, knowing the correct height of the buildings within your estate is a crucial piece of the ‘golden thread of information’ required to ensure your compliance with the latest building and fire safety regulations.

An example of this is within the Building Safety Act and Fire Safety (England) Regulations introduced in 2022 and 2023 respectively, there are additional safety measures that must be implemented in “high-risk” high-rise residential buildings and multi-occupied residential buildings that are at least 18 meters in height.

Therefore, it is essential that building owners know the height classification of their building to determine if it falls under the “relevant” and/or “high-risk” categories

What do the regulations say?

For high-rise residential buildings, responsible persons (RPs) must provide their local fire and rescue service with up-to-date electronic building floor plans while also keeping hard copy plans that identify key firefighting equipment in a secure information box on site.

RPs also now have additional responsibility regarding both communal area fire doors and flat entrance doors, which now should be inspected quarterly and annually respectively.

The government guidance on fire doors is based on the assumption that the fire risk assessment has assessed the suitability of the fire doors.  In reality, It could be unlikely that all fire risk assessments contain sufficient information on fire doors and ordinarily may not provide the detail required for all the premises fire doors to be confidently understood about their nominal or notional compliance.

Any doors which do have certification and test data/manufacturer specifications will require a significant inspection to confirm that they have been installed and maintained correctly and in line with the exacting requirements of the test data, compatibility and frequency/extent of upkeep as dictated by any certification scheme.

If your fire risk assessment has not considered the above in relation to your premises fire doors then the responsible person will not be adequately informed or equipped to enable the government-recommended basic checks are conducted correctly.

How Sircle can help

Our RICS-accredited measured survey team can assist with building height verification. The validation of the number of floors and the actual building height is the first step in the process of identifying your premises risk category and understanding the associated compliance requirements.

The same team can also undertake a survey of your premises to confirm and produce up-to-date plans as required. The full CAD bureau service we offer, will then ensure you have these plans in the format you require and to the precise levels of accuracy.

Our multi-disciplined and competent fire team can undertake fire door and compartmentation surveys, fire risk assessments, condition surveys, PPM surveys and asbestos reinspection. This means we can collect an impressive array of information during a single visit, helping to reduce costs and the time required for you to receive this key building safety information.

We also have experience in fire equipment asset collection so we can essentially conduct several surveys at the same time with the same personnel thus speeding up the process and ensuring the consistency, efficiency and added value of our services.

Supporting your ongoing building lifecycle needs

We are well placed to support your continual building lifecycle needs by offering follow-up services such as project management, contract administration, fire door installs or fire-stopping works audits.

Using the latest software we can help you manage and track any identified actions through to practical completion and sign-off, enabling you to achieve a ‘Golden Thread’ of compliance and building safety information.

The suite of professional services we offer can dramatically reduce your engagement with specialists and provide you with the peace of mind that your project and information needs are in capable hands.

Our range of fire safety services include:

Fire Risk Assessments
  • Our team of fire risk assessors have the experience and competence to assess the most complex premises across different sectors, holding relevant accreditations such as FRACS and NAFRAR (Tier 3 IFSM).
  • We utilise modern, flexible software to ensure our assessments are conducted efficiently with any significant findings clearly communicated and presented with timebound, risk appropriate recommendations.
  • We ensure the suitability and sufficiency of each fire risk assessment commensurate to the premises risk level to give you piece of mind and ensure you conform to the relevant fire safety regulations such as the RR(FS)O 2005.
Fire Strategy drawings
  • We can help ensure your fire safety plans are up to date whether this be via an audit of any existing fire strategy drawings or a review of your premises layout and space utilisation to allow a risk-based approach to compartmentation requirements.
  • We can capture fire asset equipment locations and detail to help you stay on top of equipment records and positions, evidencing good practice and a consideration for the Golden Thread of building safety information.
  • Our CAD team can update drawings following fire door or compartmentation surveys to ensure you keep plans up to date and can adjust your maintenance regimes accordingly.
Fire Compartmentation Surveys
  • In association with our fire strategy drawings a compartmentation and fire door survey can help rationalise your PPM spend and compliance investment.  By identifying adequate compartmentation, we could potentially allow you to decommission fire doors which are not required, saving money on the overall upkeep and renewal requirements of these assets.
  • Our independent approach means that we have no vested interest in undertaking maintenance or installation works, only recommending replacement of elements such as fire doors when it is absolutely necessary or economically practical.
  • We can tag or update fire asset equipment labels during these surveys whilst also recording this information on our data capture template.  This again ensures up to date asset information is recorded.
  • Our software is an excellent option to demonstrate an audit trial of the process from remedial items identification through to works completion and sign off.  Pinning issues directly on to the premises floor plans and allowing multiple users to review, update and record progress.
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