Building Safety Update

Industry Competence Committee

The Building Safety Act 2022 established the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) in England with a responsibility to facilitate improvement in the competence of industry and building inspectors. To do this, the Act enabled the BSR to establish an Industry Competence Committee (ICC) with a number of functions including monitoring industry competence, advising the BSR and industry, helping industry to improve competence, and producing guidance to the public about assessing the competence of people in the built environment industry.

The BSR is now looking for a chair and members with the proven leadership to join this important committee.

ICC Members will be required to:

  • Attend and actively contribute to 6 main committee meetings a year (combining in-person and virtual). Approximately 2-3hrs duration (1-2hrs should also be set aside to read papers).
  • Participate in committee work that extends beyond main committee meetings including workshops and the work of technical working groups. Approximately 8 hrs per month.

(Technical working groups will include additional members in specialist fields who will share the workload)

  • Use your personal industry experience and up to date knowledge to improve competence in the built environment
  • Provide advice and assistance to the ICC on basis of the wider public interest without personal, business or sectoral gain
  • Follow the standards of behaviour in public life (the ‘Nolan Principles’)

The deadline for applications is Friday 28th April 2023. More information can be found here.

Building Safety Regulator launches the Be Ready campaign

The BSR has launched a new campaign aimed at owners and managers of high-rise residential buildings to highlight their new legal duties.

Under the Building Safety Act, high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres tall or higher, or at least seven storeys, with two or more residential units are defined as ‘higher-risk’. Across England there are approximately 12,500 of these buildings and the new regulator will require all of them to be registered from April 2023, with a named person responsible for maintaining their safety. Those responsible for the safety of high-rise residential buildings in England have six months from April to register with the BSR.

A campaign will run throughout March to help owners and managers of high-rise residential buildings prepare for their legal responsibilities. More information can be found here.


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