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Terms of reference for Building Regulations review published 31/08/2017 Labelled as Regulation

The government has published the terms of reference for the independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety that was commissioned following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.


The Review will assess the effectiveness of current building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a focus on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings. This will include addressing whether the government's large-scale cladding system testing programme identified any potential systemic failures.


The Review's 2 key priorities are to develop a more robust regulatory system for the future and provide further assurance to residents that the buildings they live in are safe and remain safe. The Review will cover the regulatory system for all buildings but it will have a specific focus on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings.


The Review will examine"the competences, duties and balance of responsibilities of key individuals within the system in ensuring fire safety standards are adhered to"The Review will also"assess the theoretical coherence of the current regulatory systems for buildings and how it operates in practice"and"compare this with other international regulatory systems for buildings and regulatory systems in other sectors with similar safety risks".


The Review is to be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, a qualified engineer and former Chair of the Health & Safety Executive and will draw on the experience of local government, industry, the fire sector, international experts and MPs. She will also engage with residents of multi occupancy residential buildings.


The Review will report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. An interim report will be submitted in autumn 2017 and a final report submitted in spring 2018. The Review will co-operate fully with the Public Inquiry, and Dame Judith Hackitt will review her recommendations in the light of the findings of the Inquiry.


John Bibby, ARCH CEO comments:


"The results of the series of large scale fire safety tests carried out by the Building Research Establishment on various combinations of cladding systems 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 the review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is to be welcomed".

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