Seven Working Groups to Report to Hackitt’s Fire Safety and Building Regulations Review
- Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018
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Seven industry working groups are working towards submitting recommendations to shape the final report from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of fire safety and building regulations. Publication of the final report is due in late spring.
Six of the groups have been tasked with finding innovative solutions to the gaps in UK building regulations and are looking at:
- Design, construction and refurbishment - to establish what industry and regulators need to do to make sure building safety is embedded during the design and construction phases.
- Occupation and maintenance - to recommend how building owners, landlords and regulators can ensure that a building is always safe throughout its life cycle.
- Construction products - to determine how product testing can be improved and marketing claims on products can be made more accurate.
- Professional competency - to establish how the skills and qualifications of people involved in building and managing complex and high-risk buildings should be assessed.
- Giving residents a voice in fire safety issues - with an effective statutory route for raising concerns regarding fire safety.
- Regulations and guidance - to assess whether central government should be in charge of technical guidance for complex and high-risk buildings.
The seventh group will focus on the interim report’s idea of a “golden thread” that should run through all complex and high-risk building projects, to preserve the original design intent around fire safety, and to ensure that any subsequent changes go through a formal review and sign-off process.
The Commercial Director, Martin Taylor, of Local Authority Building Control, the association representing council building control departments, will sit on the new golden thread working group, as well as the design, construction and refurbishment group. LABC’s Deputy Managing Director, Lorna Stimpson, is a member of the competencies working group, and Director of Technical Policy, Barry Turner, will sit on the regulation and guidance group.
Stimpson said: “LABC is committed to the highest possible professional standards and effective building regulation. These are important working groups informing the recommendations of the Hackitt Review and we welcome the opportunity to add our expertise to their deliberations.”