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Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Released

Thursday 17th May 2018


PRESS RELEASE 17/05/2018

The Final Report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has now been published. We are disappointed that the opportunity to endorse the value of third party certificated competence for service providers has not been taken at this stage. There is a stated requirement for proposals from the construction and fire industries within one year, for a body to oversee the ‘delivery of competent people’ and BAFE will work with all relevant parties to deliver this.


Under the leadership of Dame Judith Hackitt, we believe that there has been a very detailed analysis of the failures in the Regulatory System, which contributed to the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, nearly 12 months ago. We share her vision of having a comprehensive framework that actively promotes competence for all service providers in new and existing buildings. We welcome the strong proposals to ensure that proper records are maintained for all activity that impacts on a building to provide accurate evidence for the Duty Holder, residents and users of a building. We will be considering the detailed content over the coming weeks.


In the absence at this stage of mandatory requirements, BAFE strongly believes that third party certification, for both companies and individuals, is the best measure for competence. We are committed to working with the Fire Industry and the wider Construction Industry to develop comprehensive measures to support the need for enhancing skills. We support this activity across the UK.


BAFE will be reviewing in detail the contents of the Report to decide what actions can be taken to support the recommendations.

 

Stephen Adams, Chief Executive   |   Douglas Barnett, Chairman
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The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report can be found on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety-final-report

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