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* 1. Respondent Details

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* 2. Please confirm whether you are replying as an individual or submitting an official response on behalf of an organisation.

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* 3. Please indicate whether you are applying to this consultation as:

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* 4. Question 1 – Do you agree or disagree that the height threshold for sprinkler provision in new blocks of flats should be reduced?

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* 5. Question 1b - If you agree that the height threshold should be reduced, what should the new threshold be and what is the evidence for this particular threshold?

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* 6. Question 2 – Do you agree or disagree that these systems should be designed in accordance with the relevant guidance in BS 9251?

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* 7. Question 2b - If you disagree, what specifications and performance should be required?

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* 8. Question 3 – Do you agree or disagree that there should be a transitional period of six months? 

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* 9. Question 3b - If you disagree, how long should the transition period be?

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* 10. Question 4 – Do you agree or disagree that there should be a more consistent approach to wayfinding signage for fire and rescue services in Approved Document B?

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* 11. Question 5 – Are there any existing standards or guidance which should be introduced to the guidance provided in Approved Document B? Please specify.

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* 12. Question 5b – Does this guidance need to be supplemented or amended for inclusion in Approved Document B? If yes, please specify how.

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* 13. Question 6 - What views exist on the benefits of each signage option set out above?

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* 14. Question 6b - What is the preferred option set out above for wayfinding signage? Vinyl lettering, photoluminescient lettering, emergency powered lighting luminaries, other (please specify).

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* 15. Question 7 – Should Approved Document B include a requirement for an emergency evacuation system, which could support fire and rescue services operational response by alerting residents if they need to evacuate?

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* 16. Question 7b – For each response, what views exist on the benefits and risks of such an approach?

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* 17. Question 8 – If this requirement was introduced to Approved Document B, above what height threshold should this system be required?

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* 18. Question 8b –  For each response, please provide evidence to support your answer.

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* 19. Question 9 – Please provide any additional evidence on costs, risks and benefits which should be considered in an assessment of impacts in the following areas.

a)    Sprinkler provision in new high-rise blocks of flats

b)    Wayfinding signage for fire and rescue services

c)    Evacuation alert systems

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* 20. Question 10 - Are you aware of any particular equalities impacts for these proposals? How could any adverse impact be reduced and are there any ways we could better advance equality of opportunity or foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not?  Please provide evidence to support your response.

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