Post-Grenfell safety bill to start scrutiny

Changes aimed at overhauling the build and construction regulations following the Grenfell Tower fire are set to begin scrutiny.

The Draft Building Safety Bill is set to be considered by MPs and peers in early 2021 to strengthen regulations governing tall buildings and formalise the new industry regulator.

The new laws should be in operation from 2023. There have been changes to the legislation since the first draft was published in July last year.

The Bill will implement the main findings from the inquiry by Dame Judith Hackitt which sought to create a ‘golden thread of responsibility’ that goes through the life cycle of a building from drawing board to maintenance.

It will also toughen the rules for buildings more than 18m tall and will set out the legal framework that the new Building Safety Regulator will operate in.

CIPHE chief executive officer Kevin Wellman said: “The new regulator will drive a culture change in the industry towards standards. We will be engaging with politicians to ensure the best outcome possible.”

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