Raising The Bar – Improving Competence Building a Safer Future

The report represents twelve months’ work by more than 150 organisations from across the construction, built environment, fire safety and owner/manager sectors, which have come together to improve the competence of those procuring, designing, constructing, inspecting,
assessing, managing and maintaining Higher Risk Residential Buildings (HRRBs).

The work is in response to recommendations in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, conducted by Dame Judith Hackitt. Her report, Building a Safer Future, identified a lack of consistency in the processes and standards for assuring the skills, knowledge and behaviours of those working on HRRBs as constituting a major flaw in the current regulatory system. She pointed to a fragmented approach, with different
competence frameworks even within one discipline; a lack of professional qualifications; and in instances where qualifications did exist, no coherent way for how they should be evidenced so as to be clearly understood by those operating in the system.

Download the report here.

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