The publication of the Independent Review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety, ‘Building a Safer Future’ marks the first steps, Post-Grenfell, for industry to recover the confidence of the public in the safety of the buildings they live or work in. Although major disasters like Grenfell are thankfully rare, the findings of the Hackitt Review point to multiple weaknesses in regulation, competence and allocation of responsibility on building projects. This has undermined confidence in the integrity and safety of buildings. As an industry, we need to rebuild this trust as quickly as possible.
The final report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has exposed deep weaknesses in accountability, oversight and enforcement relating to the design, construction and operation of high risk residential buildings. The scale of the Grenfell tragedy gives the Review genuine momentum, creating the expectation that the industry must address shortcomings alongside the development of legislation.
While the Review is focused primarily on Fire Safety, it will have wider impacts on culture and behaviours. There are some fundamental changes outlined in the recommendations that need to be highlighted, given their potential to drive change. Furthermore, many of these are likely to be applied across the industry to improve overall safety performance. As a result, the implications of the Review extend well beyond the residential sector.
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