This section covers two new pieces of legislation brought forward in 2020:
It also covers:
The government published the Fire Safety Bill on 19 March.
The Bill amends the Fire Safety Order 2005, to clarify building owners’ and managers’ responsibility to manage risks associated with:
This clarification will mean that fire and rescue services can hold building owners accountable if they fail to comply with these responsibilities.
When the Bill was published, the government stated that it would lay the foundations for secondary legislation to take forward the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry phase 1 report.
The recommendations state that building owners and managers of high-rise and multi-occupied residential buildings should be responsible for:
The government then published a consultation in July 2020, seeking views on proposals to strengthen the Fire Safety Order and implement the public inquiry recommendations.
The consultation is open until 12 October, and we have summarised the proposals in a briefing and are seeking feedback from our members by 28 September.
The government published the draft Building Safety Bill on 20 July 2020, setting out proposed legislative changes to deliver reforms to the building safety regulatory system.
The Bill aims to implement the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (the Hackitt Review).
The draft Bill includes the government’s final proposals for a more stringent regulatory regime for higher-risk buildings, as well as proposed regulatory changes that will affect all building work.
We have analysed the draft Bill and published two member briefings:
Approved Document B covers building regulation in England on fire safety matters within and around buildings.
In May 2020, the government published three key changes to Approved Document B, introducing new safety requirements for new residential blocks.
The changes, which will come into effect in 2020, are that:
The government held a consultation between 20 January and 25 May 2020 on proposals to review and extend the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings, including attachments.
We submitted a sector response to the consultation, sharing our support for the government’s proposals to:
We also identified a number of important considerations that the government should take into account when reviewing the ban.