The Government has published its roadmap to delivering the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
18 December 2018
Today the Government published Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan, which sets out its roadmap to delivering the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
An overview of the implementation plan
The 64-page document recaps on building safety activities since the fire at Grenfell Tower, and reiterates the Government’s intention to deliver “a fundamental reform of building safety”. However, it doesn’t deliver substantial detail about how the new system will work in practice.
The Government has committed to a significant consultation in the spring, covering:
- the buildings in scope for the new regulatory regime and options for a new regulatory framework
- details of duty holder responsibilities, for both new and existing buildings
- a ‘digital by default’ approach to keeping building records
- a stronger enforcement and sanctions regime
- options for a clear and quick escalation route for residents’ building safety concerns.
The plan also references the Early Adopters Programme, a scheme the Federation inputted into, which comprises of construction firms and housing associations that are piloting key elements of the new regulatory regime. These organisations have also signed up to a Building Safety Charter, which MHCLG wants to extend to a broader range of organisations.
Alongside the plan, the Government has today launched:
- a call for evidence to inform a full technical review of Building Regulations Fire Safety Guidance in Approved Document B
- a response to the consultation on desktop studies – announcing further restrictions to how assessments in lieu of tests can be used
- a call for evidence inviting views on how residents of multi-occupied buildings can best be supported to help keep their homes and buildings safe.
The Government also updated its advice for buildings owners on external wall systems that are not ACM.
We will be working with members in the New Year to respond to the consultations announced today.
In the meantime, you can book your free place at our building safety learning forums, taking place in February. These forums are an excellent opportunity to discuss today’s announcement, and hear more about what your organisation can do now to respond to building safety challenges.