Latest News Wed, Sep 16, 2020 9:14 AM
The RIBA has responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s call for evidence as they begin to scrutinise the draft Building Safety Bill.
Whilst the RIBA welcomes the intention of the Bill to provide long-overdue power to amend the Building Regulations – including requiring building safety ‘duties’ to be carried out on all projects – it has fundamental concerns about the delegation of duties and scope of the future regulatory system.
In its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill, the RIBA urges the Committee to ensure:
Chair of the RIBA Fire Safety Group, Jane Duncan, said: “The draft Building Safety Bill provides mechanisms to facilitate future regulatory change but, over two years on from the Hackitt Review, it’s still a long way from where it needs to be.
“The devil’s in the detail – and that’s exactly what‘s missing. We need clarification around the roles and responsibilities of ‘dutyholders’, measures to ensure Permitted Development schemes are fire-safe, and an appropriate definition of a ‘high-risk building’ – because fire does not discriminate.
“We urge the government to take note of our concerns and eagerly await clarification on secondary legislation. The longer this process continues, the longer people remain at risk.”
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