Make do and mend: building a case for resilience and against demolition

By Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance With the built environment accounting for 38% of total energy-related global CO2 emissions, the decarbonisation of construction must be accelerated if we are to achieve our sustainability goals. It’s an interesting…

Lutterworth warehouse saved by sprinklers

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance A fire at a warehouse in Leicestershire was suppressed by an automatic sprinkler system, helping the fire service to extinguish the fire, preventing any further damage and allowing the business to…

What is the value of a well-protected property?

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance The past 25 years have seen the construction of a huge number of new buildings. Yet, questions remain regarding fire-safety features and strategies within many of these properties. One has to…

BSA’s fire buyer live presentation now available

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) presentation at Fire Buyer Live 2022, Building Regulations – A Primer is now available online and offers direction to Building Regulations and the role of enforcement, technical guidance and the limitations. Attracting a high calibre…

Manchester self-storage warehouse fire impacts hundreds of customers

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service was called to a large fire, which broke out at a self-storage warehouse in Cheadle. Destroying hundreds of rented units, the blaze once again…

Fire completely destroys Ossett warehouse

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Firefighters were called to what was reported as ‘a huge fire’ at a warehouse near Wakefield in Yorkshire. The devastating blaze tore through a car workshop and a concrete factory on…

Can we really assume the outcome in the event of a fire?

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Fire is indiscriminate and can affect all buildings regardless of function or size, some with devastating impacts. With on average 490 fires per month in England that damage industrial and commercial…

Carlisle recycling plant destroyed by blaze

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance A household waste recycling centre in Carlisle was destroyed by fire in early November causing major disruption and unnecessary damage to the environment. It was one of a series of industrial…

Children’s business reopens in new unsprinklered warehouse after fire destroyed original premises

A successful children’s clothing brand is hoping to rise from the ashes in new rebuilt premises after a fire devastated the original unsprinklered facility earlier this year. It is a great story of overcoming adversity, but there are key lessons…

Fire resilience: a crucial element of sustainability

By Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance There is no question that climate action will remain critical over the next decade, which is why a change in the approach to the built environment will go some way to…

When a building burns down what is the cost to the environment?

by Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance In recent months, there have been a number of newsworthy industrial and commercial fires where we have seen a long distant shot of a large smoke plume palling over a local…

Recycling plant in wales destroyed following massive fire

A multi-agency response was required for a huge fire that consumed about 600 tonnes of plastic and destroyed an unsprinklered recycling plant in Blaenavon, South Wales. It was one of a series of recycling-centre fires across the UK in late…

Another school fire and more disruption to children’s education

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Less than two weeks into the new school term and a primary school in Wiltshire has suffered a major fire. Following 18 months of pandemic disruption, students at the school near…

BSA announces support for CABE 2021

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is delighted to announce its sponsorship and support for the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2021, which is taking place both in-person and virtually from 14-15 October. Attracting a high…

The UK government is sharing misleading figures on fires in schools

A recent blog written by the Department for Education (DfE) highlighted some key points about fire safety in schools. While the article stressed the importance of ensuring all students and staff are safe at school, the author made some interesting…

New planning requirements for high-rise buildings creates fire safety uncertainty for other building types

New planning requirements on fire safety for high-rise residential buildings came into force on 1 August and require developers to consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning. While we understand this is a starting point on the road…

Fire disrupts education at Lancashire primary school

With the pandemic continuing to cause disruption for children, families and schools, a major fire at an unsprinklered Lancashire school has led to its closure and further disruption to students’ education in the run up to the summer holidays.  The…

The rise of the warehouse and the issue of fire safety

Recent articles have noted the dash for warehouses that service our thriving e-commerce sector. Demand is strong for large, tall and clear spaces to meet our insatiable appetite for online shopping. But when you consider that the average cost of…

Why active fire protection must play a role in sustainability

In a post-Covid world, governments are being urged by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to implement deep building renovation and performance standards for newly constructed buildings into pandemic recovery packages. While reducing energy demand and carbon emissions through the use…

BSA announces support for FIREX International Connect 2021

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is delighted to announce its sponsorship, participation and support for FIREX International Connect 2021, Europe’s leading fire-safety event, which is taking place virtually from 1 to 30 June 2021. Attracting a high calibre of speakers…

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