Next Steps for Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland

This event examines the next steps for strengthening building regulations and improving fire safety in Scotland.

Enhancing the safety of Scotland’s building stock

A series of Scottish and UK-wide reports and inquiries into housing and building regulations have taken place in the last year, following several high profile and tragic incidents including the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Scottish Government recently completed a consultation on changes to building standards compliance and fire safety aimed at taking forward the recommendations of a number of these reports, particularly those of Professor John Cole and Dr Paul Stollard.

Meanwhile the Scottish Government is set to bring forward legislation which would mandate the installation of sprinkler systems in all social housing.

Join Holyrood on 11 December to discuss the key priorities for the ongoing reform of building regulations and how your organisation can act to improve safety in and around your buildings.

Key issues we will address with you

  • Lessons learned since Grenfell
  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and legal duties
  • Policy priorities for improving fire safety within Scotland’s social housing stock
  • Beyond building regulations: good-practice and future-proofing

Who should attend

  • Local authorities
  • Housing associations
  • Housing lawyers
  • Asset management/estate managers
  • Construction companies
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service


09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:30 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Kate Shannon, Writer and Journalist

10:35 Session 1: Enhancing Fire Safety - Strengthening Enforcement and New Regulations

  • Discussion of Scottish Government’s consultation into Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland
  • Policy priorities needed for improving the fire safety of Scotland’s social housing

10:35 Fire Safety Standards & Other Standards in Social Housing

  • Track record of housing associations on quality/safety
  • Work of housing associations on fire safety -prevention and advice
  • Cost of measures and other calls on rental income
  • Track record of housing associations on quality/safety

David Stewart, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

10:55 Sprinkler Efficiency and Effectiveness

Daniel Doherty, Scottish Co-ordinator, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association

11.15 Q&A

11.40 Refreshments and Networking

 12:05 Session 2: Interactive Roundtable Discussion

  • An opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to you, share experiences and good practice with peers in small group discussions before a wider discussion amongst the room as a whole. Key points will be fed back to appropriate policymakers.

13:00 Lunch Break

13:50 Session 3: Beyond Building Regulations

  • The recent fire at The Glasgow School of Art, the second in four years, took place despite the building meeting existing regulations. How can organisations go beyond regulations to proactively improve resilience of building stock?

13:50 Beyond Building Regulations

  • Building Regulations are the starting point for good design
  • They represent a minimum standard, we should aspire to more

Iain Cox, Chair, Business Sprinkler Alliance

14:10 Fire Safety Culture and Regulation

  • How do we move from mandatory requirements to a holistic approach?
  • Culture and behavioural change – what can we learn from the world of health and safety
  • What role does enforcement have to play 

Katherine Metcalfe, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons

14.30 Questions and Comments

14.55 Chair's Closing Remarks

Kate Shannon, Writer and Journalist

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VATpp (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VATpp (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635


11 December 2018



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