Building Safety Industry Initiative

Overview

It is vital that buildings are safe and that their occupants feel safe.

Lessons need to be learned from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire. Government and industry must continue to work together to ensure that this does not happen again.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Building Safety workstream aims to support CLC and industry engagement with the Grenfell Inquiry, Building Safety Programme, new regulatory bodies and wider work for the built environment.

The aim is to identify and maximise effective links between the CLC and the work of the Building Safety Programme, HSE, OPSS and Industry Response Group. This includes targeted work to support key BSP principles (competence, products and golden thread), ensuring proposals are sustainable, the industry is ready for implementation of a new regulatory regime, and promotion of cultural change and leadership in the sector.

 

Objectives

  • Identifying the intersections between the core work of the CLC and Building Safety Programme
  • Where appropriate enhancement and contribution to key building safety regime objectives
  • Developing, promoting and encouraging awareness, understanding and culture change across the sector – both in the immediate (new and existing High Risk Residential Buildings buildings) and longer term for the entire industry.

Current activities

  • Publication of the final IRG competency report – ‘Setting the Bar’
  • Development of the Built Environment Competence Standards (BECS) overarching framework and the creation of the first duty holder Publicly Available Specification (PAS) documents
  • Development of a construction product information code
  • Preparing industry for the changes in the regulatory framework and effect of the Building Safety Bill and changes to the Fire Safety Order.

Leads

Peter Caplehorn

Chief Executive, Construction Products Association

Graham Watts

Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council