Dame Judith Hackitt offers her thoughts on the balances that need to be achieved by the Building Safety Regulator.
Last month Dame Judith Hackitt spoke more broadly about the balances that need to be achieved by the Building Safety Regulator, driving industry culture change and rebuilding trust with residents. This month she focuses on one of those balances; setting new standards for builds whilst maintaining proportionate and affordable approaches to existing buildings.
The balance that will need to be achieved is between setting higher standards for new builds, whilst ensuring that existing buildings are safe. The Building Safety Regulator will work to incorporate a sense of what is proportionate and reasonable to the way that existing buildings are assessed.
Going back to the beginning…
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the government asked HSE to establish a new building safety regulator that followed the recommendations in the “Building a Safer Future” report by Dame Judith Hackitt.
The Building Safety Regulator will be an independent body that will oversee the safe design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings. It will also provide expert advice to local regulators, landlords and building owners, the construction and building design industry, and local residents.
You can read the draft Building Safety Bill here. This new bill sets out a new culture of accountability, whereby construction professionals will need to work with other sectors, such as chemical and high hazard oil and gas sectors to demonstrate a building is safe to the regulators. There will be new responsibilities for construction teams and landlords of existing residential buildings over six storeys high.