New UAE fire code delayed to a 2017 release

A revised UAE fire code has been delayed to an early 2017 release as authorities continue to finalise safety requirements

A day after The Address fire in January 2016.
A day after The Address fire in January 2016.

A revised UAE fire code has been delayed to an early 2017 release as authorities continue to work on new regulations and safety requirements, sources said.

Industry sources told Zawya Projects that it was unlikely that the new code will be released this year after viewing some of the chapters of the new regulation.

Michael J Lawrence, director at Dubai-based real estate and construction management consultancy Insite said while speaking at The Big 5 exhibition in Dubai last week: “The 2016 (Fire and Life Safety) code, we were hoping by now it would be ready. It was first due to come out at the beginning of this year and The Address fire has kind of put that backand made people rethink.

“It was then due to come out in March this year, and then the latest information I have is that it’s probably likely to be in the early part of 2017 rather than 2016.”

He said the delay was impacting delivery schedules for some ongoing projects.

Around 270 construction projects in Dubai have been put on hold as they do not comply with Civil Defence safety standards.

Lawrence said that the cladding work on these projects have been the main cause for delays, even though the structures themselves have been completed.

Work on the delayed projects will remain on hold until the new fire code is finalised, which has now been pushed to a January 2017 date, said a source.

The new law will give consultants involved in fire safety more responsibility and will need them to pass more stringent training to get their credentials approved by Civil Defence.

“They’re going to, in the new code, make more people accountable for fire safety,” he added.

 

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