24 January 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
An occupation and maintenance working group is to be established to identify what owners, landlords and regulators need to do differently to ensure that safety is prioritised when a building is occupied and throughout its life cycle.
That is one of the new measures proposed by the safety review set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
This suggested working group is one of six to be established to develop solutions in related areas.
The proposals were introduced at a summit hosted by Dame Judith Hackitt to inform the next phase of the Independent Review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned in July 2017 following the fire.
At the summit, attended by around 50 senior industry figures, "committed to work aimed at creating a new system that will work effectively and coherently" it was resolved that working groups would be established to develop solutions in six key areas:
- Design, construction and refurbishment - establishing what industry and regulators need to do to fully embed building safety during the design and construction phase.
- Occupation and maintenance - identifying what building owners, landlords and regulators need to do differently to make sure that building safety is prioritised once a building is occupied and throughout its life cycle.
- Products - determining how the product testing and marketing regime can be improved.
- Competency - establishing how competency requirements for key individuals involved in building and managing complex and high-risk buildings should change.
- Residents' voice - determining the best way for residents to be given a clear, quick and effective statutory route for raising concerns on fire safety.
- Regulation and guidance - resolving whether central government ownership of technical guidance is the most appropriate model for complex and high-risk buildings.