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    Building a safer future - consultation

    Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

    More than two years on from the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, the government has published its proposals for a radically new building and fire safety system. These provide a strong indication on areas in which we can expect to see long-awaited changes. They are set out in a comprehensive consultation and are intended to overhaul the system for the design, construction and management of high rise residential buildings by:

    • Mandating clearer responsibilities for those building or managing these buildings
    • Giving a stronger voice in the system and better information for residents
    • Having greater oversight by regulators
    • Tougher enforcement when things go wrong

    Download the full consultation here

    Download our member's summary here

    Download CIH's response to the consultation here

    Alongside this consultation, the Home Office published a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the Fire Safety Order). Responses to this are now being analysed.

    The industry early adopters group (Barratt Developments, Kier, L&Q, Peabody, Salix Homes, United Living, Wates and Willmott Dixon) have been working with Government to drive the cultural and behavioural changes required across the industry to achieve a safer building system.

    Independently from government, they have developed a charter for people across design, construction, housing management and maintenance sectors to sign up to demonstrate their commitment to building safety. The charter consists of five pledges that demonstrate commitment to protecting life by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities. We recommend you sign up today.