A new edition of the Code of Practice for fire alarms in housing, BS 5839-6:2019, has just been published, reinforcing the importance of interconnected smoke and heat alarms as an essential first line of defence to provide early warning of fire at low cost, as Kidde Safety Europe reports.

When it comes to your physical racks and servers, do you know who has access to your assets? Stephen O’Connell, managing director at Rack-Sec, outlines how you can utilise electronic access control to ensure fool-proof security at rack-level. 

Could the fully autonomous data centre be closer than we think? Matthew Beale, modern data centre architect at Ultima, explores the marriage between man and machine when it comes to establishing the data centre of the future.

Any work at height carries risk. Preventing accidents from falls relies on all stakeholders using an informed, joined-up approach to practices and systems. James Sainsbury, fall protection sales leader for MSA Safety, explains why a holistic approach to safety is needed, and highlights the potential risks of making ill-informed changes to a defined safety system specification.

Henry Lawson, BSRIA's senior market research analyst, discusses how building controls are evolving towards a future of smart, integrated buildings.

Lex Coors, chief data centre technology and engineering officer at Interxion, highlights some key considerations when it comes to building a colocation data centre.

Campaigning charity Electrical Safety First is dedicated to reducing fires, accidents and deaths caused by electricity. Here, its technical director, Martyn Allen, outlines the ways in which the charity is working to ensure electrical safety. 

The basic configuration of electrical power systems for industrial and commercial applications has altered little for decades. But now a disruptive new technology – hybridisation – is about to bring big changes. And there will be significant benefits for those who adopt it, says Steve Moore of Danfoss Drives.

Tamlite Lighting managing director John Allden explains why the application of Building in Quality (BiQ) principles to lighting will bring benefits all-round.

The most depressing report in years arrives from comparethemarket.com. It reveals that the 14% of households now overtly trying to 'go green’ with their energy supply are being seriously let down by misleading tariffs.