Despite numerous challenges faced by the industry, construction is evolving in many areas from a ‘race to the bottom’ to delivering a quality product. The new drivers are quality and value, not lowest price. IFC Group is heavily involved in all stages of the building process in helping to “Design it right; Build it right; Maintain it right” for a fire safe environment.

IFC is encouraged to see that the drive for quality remains in the face of Covid-19, which has introduced new challenges to the entire construction supply chain. At IFC our consultative operations continue to be successfully delivered from home offices. Site inspections continue to be delivered where necessary to ensure standards are met and maintained, especially on HRRB, EWS1 Form assessments and in reviewing healthcare facilities.

At IFC Certification, schemes for Smoke Control under industry stalwart Dave Mowatt continue to set the industry bar, while new signings at International Fire Consultants include Stephen Howard from BRE whose extensive background in cladding and building envelope assessment supports IFC’s growing EWS1 programme.