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Big Changes Coming to Building Control 

On 20th July the government published its long-awaited Draft Building Safety Bill. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick described the reforms contained in the document as “the biggest change to our building safety regime for 40 years”.
The draft Bill establishes the creation of a new Building Safety Regulator.

The regulator will have 3 main functions: to oversee the safety and standard of all buildings; directly assure the safety of higher-risk buildings; and improve the competence of people responsible for managing and overseeing building work.

It will operate a new, more stringent set of rules for high-rise residential buildings. The new set of rules, contained in the draft Bill, will apply when buildings are designed, constructed and then later occupied.

At each of these 3 stages, it will be clear who is responsible for managing the potential risks and what is required to move to the next stage enabling a ‘golden thread’ of vital information about the building to be gathered over its lifetime.
With a lot of detail still to be added on how the proposals will work in practice, our Quadrant Newsletter will keep you up to date with all the latest developments.

July also saw the publication of The Future of Building Control, the result of the entire UK Building Control industry coming together to make recommendations for reforms to create ‘a Building Control sector fit for the 21st Century.’

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