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The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.

 

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Independent Review of building regulations announced 03/08/2017 Labelled as Regulation

The government have announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower fire.

 

The review will be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF, the Manufacturers' Organisation, and will look at current building regulations and fire safety with a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. It will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

 

The review will examine:

 

  • the regulatory system around the design, construction and on-going management of buildings in relation to fire safety

 

  • related compliance and enforcement issues

 

  • international regulation and experience in this area

 

Terms of reference for the review will be published in summer 2017, once the terms of reference for the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry have been agreed.

 

It is expected that the review will present an interim report before the end of the year, and a final report no later than spring 2018.

 

John Bibby, ARCH CEO comments:

 

"The latest in the series of fire safety tests by the Building Research Establishment show that the buildings that have so far failed these tests are owned by a range of different owners across the country and not just local authorities. This would seem to point to a systemic failure of the system of building regulation and the government's announcement of a review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is to be welcomed but it must report as soon as possible". 

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