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Building a Safer Future Charter Champions Revealed Later This Month

Dame Judith Hackitt urges Charter Champions to step up as those not already signed up will become conspicuous by their absence.

The Building a Safer Future Charter was setup to promote an urgent and positive culture and behavior change in the safety of the built environment. It forms part of the the Building Safety Regulator, which, in turn, was set up in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future Review, which was written in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

Signing up to the Charter is a UK Government recommendation for any organisation involved within the lifecycle of a building. Anyone who signs up becomes a registered signatory, or Charter Champion, and a list of the current ‘Champions’, will be revealed later this month. 

By signing up you; show your organisations commitment to being a part of the Charter and to help drive change, you demonstrate support for the vision and commitments of the Charter, and you actively collaborate through the online community. 

Read more about what Dame Judith Hackitt has to say here

What is the Charter?

The Building a Safer Future Charter has been setup under a not-for-profit independent organisation, and is part of the Building Safety Regulator. The Charter covers all High-Rise Residential Buildings (HRRBs), higher-risk and in-scope buildings being constructed or refurbished which are over 18m or six storeys high. The aim, therefore, is to put people’s safety first in how buildings are planned, designed, built and maintained, and to ensure that the safety of the buildings we live in, work in and play in is looked after. 

What are the five commitments?

By becoming a Registered Signatory, your company or organisation can show their support for the Charter and it’s commitments. There are five commitments that aim to drive the culture change and action required to improve building safety by making improvements to current practices. The five commitments, as set out on the Building a Safer Future website, are as follows:

  1. Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector.
  2. Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information with residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful and accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process. 
  3. Make safety a key factor of choice in who we work with, ensuring that building safety is placed at the center of selection decisions without compromising quality of value for money. 
  4. Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision making process. 
  5. Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within our organisation and with our partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building during design, construction and occupation understands their role and has the time and resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety.

Read more on the Charter here

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