Dame Judith Hackitt issues building industry challenge
Around 50 senior industry figures met on 22 January 2018 to inform the next phase of the Independent Review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety. At the summit, Dame Judith issued a challenge to all those involved in the building industry to bring about changes that will assure residents that their buildings are, and will continue to be, safe to live in.
At the summit, industry leaders committed to work aimed at creating a new system that will work effectively and coherently. Working groups will be established to develop innovative solutions in the following key areas:
- Design, construction and refurbishment – establishing what industry and regulators need to do to fully embed building safety during the design and construction phase
- Occupation and maintenance – identifying what building owners, landlords and regulators need to do differently to ensure that building safety is prioritised when a building is occupied and throughout its life cycle
- Products – determining how the product testing and marketing regime can be improved
- Competency – establishing how competency requirements for key individuals involved in building and managing complex and high-risk buildings should change
- Residents’ voice – determining the best way for residents to be given a clear, quick and effective statutory route for raising concerns on fire safety
- Regulation and guidance – resolving whether central government ownership of technical guidance is the most appropriate model for complex and high-risk buildings.
Speaking at the summit, Dame Judith Hackitt said: “I have been greatly encouraged by the wide ranging support which my Interim Report received. I can now say with confidence that there is widespread agreement that the current system of regulation for high-rise and complex buildings is broken and that we need a radical overhaul and a change in culture.”
“I was greatly encouraged by the positive tone at the summit and the recognition of the common challenge. We now need to agree both the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of delivering the transformational change which is needed. Today we have invited people from a wide range of organisations to join with us not just in agreeing the way forward but in making it happen.”
LABC has welcomed an invitation by Dame Judith Hackitt to participate in four working groups.
Commercial Director Martin Taylor will sit on the design, construction and refurbishment group which look at what industry and regulators need to do to fully embed building safety during the design and construction phase. He will also sit on the Golden Thread group which focuses on the key points of the interim report.
LABC will be represented by Deputy MD Lorna Stimpson on the competencies working group, which will establish how competency requirements for key individuals involved in building and managing complex and high-risk buildings should change.
And finally, Director of Technical Policy Barry Turner will sit on the regulation and guidance group, which will look to resolve whether central government ownership of technical guidance is the most appropriate model for complex and high-risk buildings.
Commenting, Lorna Stimpson said, “LABC is committed to the highest possible professional standards and effective building regulation.”
The Review’s final report will be published in the spring.
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