Monday, June 10, 2019

Feedback sought for BESA's submission to Government’s Hackitt Review Consultation

Members’ feedback is sought for BESA’s submission towards the two important public consultations recently opened by the Government. Both consultations close on 31 July.

Building a Safer Future

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system, seeking views on a new building and fire safety system following the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

The Government proposes establishing a new building safety regulator, strengthening the oversight and regulation of construction products,  and strengthening enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance with the new regime.

 The proposals cover five areas:

  • The scope of the new system.
  • The concept of duty holders who have clear responsibilities throughout a building’s design, construction and occupation.
  • Giving residents a stronger voice.
  • A new building safety regulator to provide oversight of the system.
  • Strengthened enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance.

This regulator will be responsible at a national level for:

  • Oversight of building safety and wider regulation.
  • Oversight of the operation and enforcement of the new system for high rise residential buildings, as well as setting guidance.
  • Advising government about which buildings should be included in the scope of the new system.
  • Oversight of the competence of people working on buildings, including keeping a register of those competent to take on key duty holder roles and providing guidance on where to find qualified people to work on buildings in scope.

More information about the Building a Safer Future consultation is available here.

Fire Safety Order

The Home Office is also calling for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 seeking views on its effectiveness and application to provide a regulatory framework for the ongoing management of fire safety in non-domestic premises and the common parts of multi-occupied residential buildings.

More information about the Fire Safety Order consultation is available here

Get Involved

Please send any feedback to who will pull together our members views and submit a response to both consultations. Please send your feedback by Friday 19 July.

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