The interim report of The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has found that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose. This applies throughout the life cycle of a building, both during construction and occupation, and is a problem connected both to the culture of the construction industry and the effectiveness of the regulators. The report concludes that true and lasting change, that needs to start now, will require a universal shift in culture.
Six broad areas for change are identified:
• ensuring that regulation and guidance is risk-based, proportionate and unambiguous;
• clarifying roles and responsibilities for ensuring that buildings are safe;
• improving levels of competence within the industry;
• improving the process, compliance and enforcement of regulations;
• creating a clear, quick and effective route for residents’ voices to be heard and listened to;
• improving testing, marketing and quality assurance of products used in construction.
The independent review will now undertake its second phase of work and publish a final report in spring 2018. A summit with key stakeholders was held on 22 January.