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Emergency lighting event to focus on housing

The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, in which 71 residents lost their lives, has led to a major reassessment of the standard of emergency lighting across public and social housing buildings in the UK

THIS YEAR’S Emergency Lighting Conference is set to focus on social housing, student accommodation and care homes.

The event comes at a time of heightened concern and awareness of fire safety standards and a major reassessment of the nation’s housing stock following the Grenfell Tower fire last year.

Leading organisations and experts will gather on Tuesday 22 May 2018 to explore how emergency lighting installations can be made fit for the future in anticipation of the report into the tragedy.

Alan Daniels of P4 – centre – will outline what best practice in emergency lighting looks like in social housing, and he’ll explore the maintenance, access and evacuation issues in such buildings.

The conference consists of a comprehensive series of presentations on emergency lighting to get facilities managers up to speed on the latest best practice recommendations, legislation and guidance.

Organisations backing the event include the Fire Protection Association, the Industry Committee on Emergency Lighting and the Lighting Industry Association.
Speakers include a range of experts on real-world emergency lighting installations from both industry and consultancy.

Alan Daniels of P4 will outline what best practice looks like in social housing, and he’ll explore the maintenance, access and evacuation issues in such buildings.

Theo Paradise-Hirst of ChapmanBDSP will explain how to manage emergency lighting across multi-building residential and mixed use estates. He’ll look at the feasibility of remotely monitoring, automated testing and wireless control and communication.

Andy Guest of the LIA will run-though your current obligations to ensure compliance in terms of emergency lighting standards, testing and maintenance, including the new ‘points of emphasis’ additions to the regulations.

Mike Floyd of the Fire Protection Association will countdown the common pitfalls with emergency lighting compliance. He’ll outline the surprising number of common ways organisations and companies could be in breach of emergency lighting and fire regulations.

‘There’s a lack of knowledge about emergency lighting requirements and standards that urgency needs to be addressed,’ says conference organiser Ray Molony. ‘Risk assessments are a key tool of the standards, but there is still a patchiness in how they are conducted.’

The new concept of ‘stay put’ lighting will be explained. The latest revisions to the Emergency Lighting Code of Practice (BS2566:1 2016) allows for a situation where building occupants can remain in the building during an electricity mains failure. Our expert speaker will look at the conditions that appertain to this new standard and what scheme designers and building users need to do to ensure that a ‘stay put’ scheme is compliant.


  • The Emergency Lighting Conference takes place on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. Entry is free to facility managers and others with responsibility for emergency lighting installations. To view the full programme and to register for a free place, click HERE.