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Post Grenfell Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

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BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
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The government review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt, which will be run in parallel with the Grenfell Public Inquiry under Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will result in an interim report to the Secretary of State for Communities by autumn 2017.

The government then intend to respond to the interim report to identify if any proposed changes within the report can be implemented while the overall review’s work carries on. The final completed review is due by spring 2018.

The scope of the review is to: 

·         Map the current regulatory system (regulations, guidance and processes) as it applies to new and existing buildings through planning, design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and change management.

·         Consider the competencies, duties and balance of responsibilities of key individuals within the system in ensuring that fire safety standards are adhered to. 

·         Assess the theoretical coherence of the current regulatory system and how it operates in practice.

·         Compare this with other international regulatory systems for buildings and regulatory systems in other sectors with similar safety risks.

·         Make recommendations that ensure the regulatory system is fit for purpose with a particular focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings. 

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