Building Safety consultations underway

Building Safety consultations underway

The Building Safety Act introduces a new building safety regime which requires changes to regulations, standards and ways of working. As a result, there are a number of consultations underway, including:

  • Building Safety Regulator Fees and Charges ‐ The HSE is consulting on what the new Building Safety Regulator may recover costs for when carrying out its relevant ‘chargeable’ functions. Comments should be submitted online by Friday 7 October.
  • Occupied Higher‐Risk Buildings ‐ The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) is seeking views on the new safety regime for occupied higher‐risk buildings, including proposals for their in‐occupation phase. There are 12 sections to the consultation, including certification, reporting, resident’s duties, appeals, and key building information. Comments should be submitted online or via email by Wednesday 12 October.
  • Building Regulations ‐ DLUHC is also consulting on the changes that will be made to Building Regulations to implement the new building safety regime. There are 12 sections to the consultation, including dutyholder roles, gateways, change control process and more rigorous enforcement powers. Comments should be submitted online or via email by Wednesday 12 October.
  • Operational Standards Rules ‐ Ahead of the Building Safety Regulator beginning to operate from April 2023, the HSE is seeking views on the proposed operational standards rules which will allow it to effectively monitor building control bodies. Comments should be submitted via email by Tuesday 25 October.

New Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Simon Clarke has confirmed that there will be no change in the Government’s approach to building safety, writing in The Telegraph that he is “determined to finish the job my predecessors started, fixing the system for good, ensuring that industry rectifies the problems it created”. Clarke will be supported by Lee Rowley as Housing and Planning Minister, and Andrew Stephenson and Baroness Scott of Bybrook as Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State.

FIS 2022 AGM moved to Hill Dickinson LLP

FIS 2022 AGM moved to Hill Dickinson LLP

You may be aware that the venue has changed for the AGM/Members Meeting on 6 October, which is now being held at Hill Dickinson LLP, The Broadgate Tower, London. This has opened up the opportunity for event sponsors to have a pop-up stand/table-top, as we now have more space.

We already have 50 plus members booked to attend.  To book your place click here.

There are also opportunities still available to sponsor our other members meetings, taking place in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

If you are interested call FIS on 0121 707 0077 or email

Change of venue for the Drylining Working Group meeting on 28 September

Change of venue for the Drylining Working Group meeting on 28 September

Due to the great number of people who have boked to attend we have decided to move the venue so more of you can join us in person to The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) venue at 31 Worship Street London EC2A 2DY Nearest tube is Old street or a short walk from Moorgate tube station.

There will be a light lunch and a chance to network from 12.30 and an opportunity to look and discuss new products from SpecWall and RawlPlug

The full agenda can be found here

  • Compliance – Publication of the Building Safety Act in April
  • Building Systems and Fire Walls – avoid delays at Gateway 2
  • Deflection head details – how to avoid non-compliance and legacy issues when installing
  • BS8000-8 standard. Guidance on design and tolerances in installation for drylining, to be published later this year
  • Research project findings – the cause of creaking in tall residential towers in high wind conditions
  • FIS vetting process – how it can support in managing compliance
  • Competence management plans – toolkit to assist members implementing a plan
  • Site Guide update – reducing waste and rework

We hope you can join us afterwards for a drink and a chance to network.

We look forward to meeting you all again, but please register early as space is limited.

Lens Blog: What steps FIS members can take if they are not getting paid

Lens Blog: What steps FIS members can take if they are not getting paid

FIS Consultant Len Bunton continues with the theme of getting paid, and what options are open to FIS members. These monthly Blogs are designed to help FIS Members avoid common traps and build on our focus on collective experience. 

As I have set out previously, some of this is self-induced, and that is why I have been working with a number of organisations to help them improve their financial management of contracts. I emphasise again that your payment applications need to be made on time and be fully detailed – if you fail to do either of these, or even worse, both of these, then you will not get paid what you think you are due. However, there are other actions you can take…

Members can see the full blog

FIS helping to close the information loop with SFG20

FIS helping to close the information loop with SFG20

In recent months FIS has been working with SFG20 to help improve access to guidance and support clients and facilities companies who need to maintain and manage Operable Walls.

Operating walls is commonly the responsibility of a member of staff or a maintenance crew and damage and undue wear can be caused through not fully understanding and following the operating procedure. Incorrect maintenance, such as applying grease to moving parts, can also create problems. A good service and maintenance regime, underwritten by a service agreement is therefore key to the wall’s serviceability and the welfare of those operating them. It is also a necessity to meet the requirements of any warranty and optimise service life.

In the summer FIS launched a new guide to the repair and maintenance of operable walls. To ensure that this guidance is circulated to the widest possible audience FIS met with SFG20 to look at how the two organisations could collaborate to share the information with the widest possible audience. The result is that the new guidance has been integrated into the scope of the SFG20 schedule for operable walls.

Originally launched in 1990, SFG20 is a subsidiary of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). SFG20 is a unique, mobile-enabled, maintenance system designed to support anyone who owns or manages facilities. Built around the maintenance industry’s standard, SFG20’s solution provides asset maintenance requirements in a simple and easily-digestible format, with a host of specialist tools available to support the application to assets as well as projective cost modelling.

Commenting on the collaboration, FIS Technical Director Joe Cilia stated:

“When you see the scope of content covered by SFG20 it gives a unique insight into the complexity of the FM world. It is great that we can collaborate with the team at SFG20 to ensure we aren’t producing information in a vacuum but making sure it is available and accessible to the people who have used it”.

Andi Connelly Horsley – SFG20 Technical Publications Lead, responded:

“FIS is an authority in this area and a critical source of information. We value our good working relationship with FIS and will continue to work together to help support the wider FM market in ensuring that their interior systems are maintained and managed appropriately”.

New content is now available in SFG20 maintenance schedule, 88-50 Operable Walls.

For more information on SFG20 click here

To access the FIS Guide to the Serving and Maintenance of Operable Walls click here.

Mayor Andy Street to support FIS in Midlands

Mayor Andy Street to support FIS in Midlands

FIS is delighted to announce the Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority is attending our Regional Conference in Birmingham on 19 October as a keynote speaker.

Andrew Street CBE is a British businessman and Conservative Party politician who was the managing director of John Lewis from 2007 to 2016, when he resigned to run for Mayor of the West Midlands. He won the May 2017 mayoral election and was re-elected in 2021.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, Andy rose through the ranks to become managing director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was also chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region.

Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named ‘Most Admired Leader’ by business magazine, Management Today in 2014 and received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

FIS CEO Iain McIlwee commented:

“It is great to get the Mayor along to talk to our community about prospects and pipeline in the region and also a great opportunity to help him to see our sector and the amazing work that is done across the region.  Andy will be joined by other experts speakers helping us to look at pipeline, compliance and how the sector is changing.  This is one of a number of Regional Events taking place across the UK, starting with our AGM on 6th October”

You can book your place at the FIS Regional Event in Birmingham here.

The FIS AGM is taking place on 6 October and is featuring contributions from Peter Rogers CBE, co-founder of Stanhope, founder-Chairman of the UK Green Building Council and developer of complex projects such as Broadgate and 22 Bishopsgate.

Programmes for Manchester (9 November) and Scotland (1 December) are to be announced in the coming weeks.