The BSI has launched a consultation on Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8672, which aims to establish the competences required by Principal Contractors, and individuals designated by them, to meet their responsibilities under new building safety legislation. It builds on recommendations in the Setting the Bar report that individuals undertaking the three roles with oversight of building safety at each stage of a building’s lifecycle ‐ Principal Designer, Principal Contractor and Building Safety Manager ‐ must have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours. FIS members are asked to submit comments on the PAS to Iain McIlwee by Friday 29 October.
Gov.UK have published the following updates of draft regulation concerning the Building Safety Bill which is currently going through Parliament. These are:
The Construction Products Regulations 2022
- These regulate the safety of construction products being placed on the UK market.
- Part 2 sets out a general safety requirement which all construction products must meet
- Part 3 sets out provisions with respect to safety-critical products, how safety-critical standards may be developed and by whom (BSI) as well as giving the obligations for economic operators
- Part 4 requires economic operators not to make false or misleading claims about construction products
- Part 5 covers enforcement
- Part 6 makes clear that nothing in the regulation will prevent lawfully CE marked construction products from being placed on the NI market
- Part 7 extends to GB only and makes provision for qualifying NI goods to be placed on the GB market.
The Higher-Risk Buildings (Prescribed Principles for Management of Building Safety Risks) Regulations 2022
These regulations set out the principles an accountable person must follow in taking all reasonable steps to prevent a building safety risk materialising or reducing the severity of any incident resulting from a risk materialising.
Other updates can be found in the following documents:
- The Higher-Risk Buildings (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2021
- The Buildings (Appointment of Persons, Industry Competence and Duty holders) (England) Regulations 2021
- The Building (Higher-Risk Buildings) (England) Regulations 2022
- The Building (Restricted Activities and Functions)(Engalnd0 Regulations 2022
All these documents are available here.
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Developed in response to the recommendations made in Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future report, the code sets the industry benchmark for how product information is presented and marketed so that it is clear, accurate, up‐to‐date, accessible and unambiguous. It contains 11 clauses including transparency of information on performance and proof of stated claims, and manufacturers can now register their interest in being verified against the code later this year. Guidance has been published to assist with the verification process.
The Building Safety Bill is being debated in Parliament after MPs tabled dozens of amendments, including one which would ensure that all owners of residential units in higher‐risk buildings are classed as ‘relevant persons’ and therefore required to be supported by the regulator. The original definition of ‘relevant persons’ proposed in Part 4 of the Bill included only residents, building safety managers and duty holders. Other amendments would allow the recovery of VAT on building safety remedial works paid since 14 June 2017 and extend the period for claims under both the Defective Premises Act and the Building Act from 15 to 25 years.
FIS has prepared a summary of the Building Safety Bill here.
The Government has published a series of factsheets to help stakeholders understand the new requirements set out in the Bill. Of particular interest to members will be those covering Dutyholders and Industry Competence which outline the responsibilities of dutyholders under the new regime.
Proposed revision of BS8000-8 Workmanship on construction sites – Part 8: Design and installation of dry lining systems – Code of Practice
You are invited to comment on the proposed changes to this British Standard which was last published in 1994, which along with BS8212:1995 Code of practice for dry lining and partitioning using gypsum plasterboard they provide guidance and tolerance used in the specification and inspection of drylining.
The purpose of BS 8000-8 is to encourage good design and workmanship by providing:
- guidance for designers on the selection of systems;
- guidance for installers on the correct sequence and method of installation; and
- updated tolerances reflecting use and material installation and methods of measurement.
This is a full revision of the standard, and introduces the following principal changes:
- clarification of tolerances;
- advice when installing dry lining to SFS frames;
- testing of dry lining systems; and
- expansion of relevant performance requirements.
You are welcome to review the draft and to comment upon it if you wish. The draft can be accessed at https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2018-01823#/section
The document is available for review until 27 October.
FIS held an online meeting on 7 September to discuss the proposed changes – a recording is available here.
The Gypsum Products Development Association (GPDA) has been investigating the noise phenomena of cracking noises from residential timber floor structures constructed with engineered ‘I’ joists spanning between solid masonry walls lined with plasterboard on gypsum adhesive.
Guidance has now been updated with this version. GPDA-Guidance-cracking-noises-from-residential-timber-floor-structures.pdf