RICS delivers better fire safety with UN-backed global standard

Published: 28 January 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The London-headquartered Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which enforces international standards in the valuation, management, and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure has collaborated with a coalition of more than 70 International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) compliant international firms, including member bodies from the Middle East, to deliver better fire safety through a global standard backed by the United Nations and the World Bank.

Through the initiative, RICS aims to create safer-built environments in the region, and around the world.

The firm stated that it is crucial for an efficient fire safety standard to be considered during the design, construction and management stages of infrastructure.

The project is also expected to highlight RICS’ adoption of worldwide expertise in fire safety.

RICS is chairing the development of the IFSS, which will be open for global consultation until 23 March, with the final international standards due to be published later in 2020.

Commenting on the initiative, chair of the IFSS Coalition and Global Building Standards director at RICS, Gary Strong, said: “The differing approaches (globally) to fire safety in buildings can be inconsistent, ineffective, and in some cases, non-existent. There is an urgent need to deliver better safety for people’s homes, communities and workplaces.”

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