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Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

News   •   Aug 31, 2017 08:26 BST

Following the large-scale fire-safety tests conducted by BRE on behalf of the government, the terms of reference for the Independent Review led by Dame Judith Hackitt have been published.

The review is designed to urgently assess the effectiveness of current building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a specific focus on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings.

The review also includes addressing whether the government’s large-scale cladding system testing programme identified any potential systemic failures.

Led by Dame Judith Hackitt, a qualified engineer with strong regulatory background, the Review has two key priorities:

  • to develop a more robust regulatory system
  • to provide further assurance to residents that the buildings they live in are safe and remain safe.

The Review panel will include local government, industry, the fire sector, international experts and MPs, and will engage with residents of multi occupancy residential buildings.

Reporting to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the panel will release an interim report this autumn, with the final report submitted in spring 2018.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We must learn the lessons of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and ensure that a fire like this cannot happen again. Following the fire, I commissioned a series of large-scale tests, which have raised the question of whether there have been potential systemic failures within the building regulatory and fire safety system.

“This independent Review led by Dame Judith Hackitt will address any potential failures and recommend how we ensure the whole building regulations and fire safety system is robust. I am determined that we do everything possible to make people safe and to ensure that they feel safe.”

Review Chair, Dame Judith Hackitt said: “I look forward to working with experts from across different sectors to take an urgent, fresh and comprehensive examination of the regulatory system and related compliance and enforcement issues.

“It’s right that we consider the whole system together and ensure that everything possible is done to improve the safety of buildings. I will also be speaking to residents of multi occupancy residential buildings who must have a voice about these important issues that affect their safety.”

Read the terms of reference.

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