Niall Rowan
Niall Rowan
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Niall Rowan is Technical Officer at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection.

Should ‘Stay Put’ stay put?

Stay put is a policy used for certain types of buildings such as large high rise blocks of flats, where the means of escape is limited – usually because there is only one stairway. Such buildings are ‘compartmented’ so that…

Fire doors – time for aconsidered approach?

Following on from the Grenfell fire last year the spotlight has been rightly shone on the practices and procedures used in construction industry and the culture of ‘cheapest is best’. In the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety,…

Is there still a place for desktop studies?

One of the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Interim Report on the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was that the Government should significantly restrict the use of desktop studies to approve changes to cladding and other systems…

Demonstrating competency

The Interim report from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt, released in mid-December 2017, recommended a change in culture within the UK construction industry and significant reform of the UK fire safety…

After Grenfell, three issues to consider

Following the Grenfell tower fire in June, the British government set up an independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt. An interim report is expected in late 2017 with a full report in spring…

Seeing the whole picture

The Grenfell Tower fire continues as a major focus for all in the fire safety and construction sectors in the UK, as the investigations into the fire and its ramifications seem certain to result in a change in culture in…

A near miss too many?

ASFP COO Niall Rowan comments on recent failures in the quality of construction and fire-stopping installation in a number of Edinburgh schools. The Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools, commissioned by the Chief Executive of…

The price of failure

The recent case of Southwark Council being taken to court on 22 charges relating to fire safety in Lakanal House should concentrate the mind of anyone who is either responsible for fire safety, or who installs fire protection in buildings.…

Testing times for tall buildings?

In the wake of The Address Downtown Dubai hotel fire and other high profile fires in tall buildings, Niall Rowan outlines the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s initiatives to provide an affordable fire test for manufacturers of cavity barriers used…

The CE Marking – Explaining its Jargon and Acronyms

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is intended to provide for the free movement of construction products across EU countries. It can be summed up in the following statement. ‘Manufacturers who have had their products successfully evaluated against a European Technical…

Guide to Steel Fire Protection

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection has published a new edition of its ‘Yellow Book’ guide to fire protection for structural steel in buildings. Fire protection to structural steelwork plays an essential role in ensuring that buildings will not collapse…

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