Our submission to the call for evidence on risk prioritisation in existing buildings

The government's call for evidence on fire safety: risk prioritisation in existing buildings sought views on: 

  • How to assess and prioritise fire safety risks. 
  • How to better understand the complexity of building risk to ensure that an appropriate level of safety is achieved in existing buildings. 

The call for evidence closed on 17 February. We worked with our members on a sector submission, which sets out why we support a risk-based approach to prioritising existing buildings for remediation works. 

About our submission 

We consulted our members to develop a sector submission to the call for evidence. In our submission, we explain why we support a risk-based approach to prioritising existing buildings for remediation works: 

  • Our sector provides a wide range of homes for diverse groups of people. When assessing buildings for safety concerns, our members take into account a wide range of factors, alongside building height. 
  • The resources and capacity in our sector, and in the sectors we need to work with to remediate buildings, are limited. A risk-based approach to prioritisation means our members can direct limited resources first at the buildings that need them most. 
  • The government's new consolidated advice note on building safety sets out updated remediation requirements that mean that many more buildings, and many more housing associations, are likely to need to carry out remedial works on existing buildings. A risk-based approach to prioritising buildings for remediation will enable our members to develop realistic plans and timeframes. 

Who to speak to

Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety Programmes