The government has set out its plans to overhaul the current building safety system for high rise residential buildings. The proposed new regime will be for buildings that are lived in by multiple households and 18 metres high (6 storeys) or more, but the government says that it wants to make sure that the new system, which will be regularly reviewed, is flexible so that it can adapt and expand to cover more buildings over time.
The proposals include the introduction of dutyholders who will be responsible for making sure buildings are safe and will have duties when a building is being designed and built, when people are living in the building, and that run throughout the building’s life cycle. Also included are a new ‘accountable person’ role, who will be the dutyholder responsible for making sure that building fire and structural safety risks are reduced, a ‘Golden thread’, a set of key documents, held digitally, on building information, and a new, national, building safety regulator to ensure the regime is enforced robustly and effectively.
The government is also seeking feedback on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which regulates fire safety in non-domestic premises. This call for evidence is the first step to update the evidence base to ensure that the Order is fit for purpose for all regulated premises. The consultation and the call for evidence both close on 31 July 2019.