The end of November saw a parliamentary select committee publish its pre-legislative scrutiny report on the draft Building Safety Bill. Due to shape reform of the Building Control system, it included the statement
“We are concerned that the Bill only removes duty holder choice in respect of higher-risk buildings. As a result, the majority of building control work will remain exposed to the weaknesses and conflicts of interest identified by Dame Judith Hackitt. We see no good reason not to replace duty holder choice with a system of independent appointment for all out-of-scope work…that duty holder choice be removed entirely from the building control system and replaced by a system of independent appointment”
Another related to the competence of building control teams ;
“We recommend that the Bill place an explicit duty on the (national) regulator to monitor and assure the competence of local authority building control teams through provisions comparable to those for the registration of building control approvers, perhaps by mandating UKAS accreditation for all LABC teams.”
The final Building Safety Bill has yet to be presented to parliament and time will tell if these recommendations shape legislation in the new Act. As an ISO 9001 UKAS quality assured organisation HBC are constantly developing the training and qualifications of our staff. So, whatever happens, we will be ready to work within the new regime.
View the full Draft Building Safety Bill