With the Building Safety Act comes key changes across the construction industry.
The Act names the Health and Safety Executive as the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) in England, which will have three main functions.
As well as overseeing the safety and standards of all buildings and leading implementation of the new regulatory framework for high-rise buildings, the BSR will also help and encourage the built environment industry and building control professionals to improve their competence.
The Building Safety Regulator will independently oversee building control bodies (BCBs) and their professionals.
The new approach to building control oversight will apply to BCBs in:
It will cover:
Currently, the Government, specifically the Departments for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), is responsible for regulation and policy.
The local authority:
The Approved Inspector is currently registered with CICAIR and has to meet their standards and code of conduct. CICAIR (Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register) are authorised by the Government to operate this scheme.
Increasingly the previously established linear route of applying for, and the consideration of, building regulations following planning approval is no longer a viable approach particularly on more complex developments.
This has been magnified by the introduction of new and updated regulations particularly in relation to fire safety, overheating in high risk areas and energy conservation.
There is therefore a need to engage with a BC body on a pre-application basis to discuss compliance with the building regulations at early stages in the design process.
As a building control body, Premier Guarantee are increasingly involved with the analysis of RIBA stage 1 designs advising on compliance with the building regulations.
There is now a new category of high-risk building, splitting the regime and although the Government will still make regulation, it is under the advice of the regulator who will be overseeing the system.
Key proposed changes:
The report also includes:
Are you prepared? Find out by getting the report here.
Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication (March 2023). Guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. For the most up to date Premier Guarantee technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the Premier Guarantee Technical Manual.