Interim review into Building Regulations- post Grenfell
This morning (18th December) Dame Judith Hackitt has published her interim review on the application of building regulations in light of the Grenfell Fire and believes that their needs to be a “universal shift in culture”, that the "regulatory system for safely designing, constructing and managing buildings is not fit for purpose" and that "the current system is highly complex and there is confusion about the roles and responsibilities at each stage". "In many areas there is a lack of competence and accreditation."
The report sets out 6 broad areas for change:
- ensuring that regulation and guidance is risk-based, proportionate and unambiguous
- clarifying roles and responsibilities for ensuring that buildings are safe
- improving levels of competence within the industry
- improving the process, compliance and enforcement of regulations
- creating a clear, quick and effective route for residents’ voices to be heard and listened to
- improving testing, marketing and quality assurance of products used in construction
Elmhurst is pleased to see that the report has been issued promptly and appears to confront issues surrounding the complexity of regulations, and the need for enforcement. It is a shame that a situation in which so many people suffered needed to happen before this started to be addressed.
Fuel poverty is not as dramatic as a fire but still kills people and Elmhurst will be pushing for a balanced reaction to change. Many are associating the fire with the insulation applied to the building and it is a great shame that work done for the right reasons, should have such a terrible outcome.
For the full review please read: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/interim-report-into-the-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety