FIS has this week responded to the Government’s Building a Safer Future Consultation. This Consultation is the formal response to the Hackitt Review by the Ministry of Housing Community and Local Government (MHCLG).
The consultation builds on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. It proposes fundamental reform of building safety requirements so that residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes.
- Focus on a framework that covers all multi-occupied residential buildings of 18 metres or more
- Identify potential gateway points that are “hard stop” before regulator gives permission for construction to begin
- Propose clear duty holders identified at all stages of building design, construction and management
- Recommend the creation of a new building safety regulator
- Recommend the wholesale adoption of BIM
- Focus the regulator on working with the duty holders to ensure the competence of those “working on the building” and to provide “oversight and regulation of construction products”
- Looks at how enforcement and sanctions can be strengthened to improve the process
- Encompass evidence of performance and the competency of those involved in the project
- Looks at how we can create a “just culture” in construction and a mandatory duty to report on fire related issues (similar to RIDDOR)
FIS has been broadly supportive of the proposals outlined and comments have largely been focussed on practicality and the avoidance of unintended consequences. We will be working with our members over the coming months to ensure that we don’t wait for regulation to change the market, but we seek through initiatives such as PPP and through our various working groups to ensure that we as a community deliver quality buildings with the safety of users paramount.
You can see the full response below:
The original consultation document is available here.