Radical Reform for Construction
Posted: 06 July 2021
The long awaited Building Safety Bill has today been introduced into parliament. The Building Safety Bill will create a new Regulator and deliver the biggest reform of regulation across the construction and residential property sectors in living memory. It will strengthen the whole of the building safety system.
The more robust safety regime will take a proportionate, risk-based approach to building work, including remediation. It will introduce new requirements for the competence of those who design and build as well as operators of higher risk residential buildings.
The Bill addresses how we design, build and renovate all our buildings in future. It introduces changes to the Building Act, Architects Act and Building Regulations that have been needed for many years. It will reform the building control system and take major steps to embrace digitalization through the whole life cycle of buildings. It includes stronger regulatory powers for construction products with a new market surveillance and enforcement regime led by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).
“This is the most fundamental reform of building related legislation in decades. CIBSE is totally committed to working with our members, the firms that employ them, with government, with BSI as the National Standards Body and with all interested parties to deliver a system of building legislation that delivers safe and sustainable buildings”, said CIBSE President Kevin Kelly.
The trigger for this legislation is of course the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, which cost 72 lives and blighted many more. The Bill creates new Gateways for the planning, design and completion of new homes, and introduces a new system of safety cases for existing high rise homes, to be maintained throughout the life of the building. And it gives residents of high rise buildings a much stronger voice in the management of their homes. All of this will be overseen by the new Building Safety Regulator.
The First Reading of the Bill is the start of the process of legislation. To keep up to date on Building Safety Bill developments follow our updates.