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  • The below is an extract from an advertorial feature in The Guardian, published 1st February 2024. 

    ‘The Building Safety Regulator was set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire and aims to give greater protection to residents of high-rise buildings. One of its building safety leads explains his role in the drive to improve standards in the design and management of tower blocks:

    It’s completely different from the Health and Safety Executive’s usual focus,” says BSR’s building safety regulatory lead, Daniel Lewis-Hickinbotham. “Classically, HSE is business-focused, but by creating BSR, it’s now protecting people in their homes. For me, it’s a much more emotive area of work, because people’s homes are where they feel the most comfortable – it’s their safe place.”

    BSR is tasked with assessing the safety of approximately 12,500 higher-risk buildings – those that are seven storeys high or at least 18 metres tall, with two or more residential units – over the next five years.

    Once we’ve received the required information [for the Building Assment Certificate application], we’ll form a multidisciplinary team with the fire service and a structural engineer to make an assessment of the building and a decision on whether or not to issue a building assessment certificate,” says Lewis-Hickinbotham. “Our focus is on making sure residents are safe in their homes, and that the people managing these buildings are responsible for doing it appropriately.

    There’s a big learning curve ahead. “It’s a completely new regime, and these are standards that haven’t been in place before,” says Lewis-Hickinbotham, but he and his team are excited about the challenges to come.

    Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/working-for-the-building-safety-regulator/2024/feb/01/our-focus-is-on-making-sure-residents-are-safe-regulating-high-rise-buildings-after-the-grenfell-tragedy

     

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  • The government has made and laid before Parliament the Building (Registered Building Control Approvers etc) (England) Regulations 2024 (SI 2024/110), which come into force on 6 April 2024, in England only. 

    The regulations set out the procedures that apply when a registered building control approver supervises work under the building regulations in England.

    From 6 April, the role of the approved inspector under the building regulations will be replaced by that of the registered building control approver (except in relation to some transitional projects).

    These new regulations effectively perform the same function for a registered building control approver as the Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2215) performed for an approved inspector. As such, practitioners will recognise much of their structure and content.

     

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  • The government has made the Building Safety Act 2022 (Commencement No 7 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2024 (SI 2024/104), which come into force on 6 April 2024.

    The regulations will bring into force various provisions of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA 2022) that amend the Building Act 1984 (BA 1984) to:

    • Provide for the switch from approved inspectors to registered building control approvers under the building regulations regime in England 
    • Set out transitional provisions dealing with projects that are ongoing under the auspices of an approved inspector.

    The Welsh Government has separate powers to commence these aspects of the BSA 2022 for Wales.

    Industry will be unsurprised by the coming into force of these new regulations on 6 April 2024, which had already been publicised as the date by which approved inspectors would be replaced by registered building control approvers. It is also a significant date in relation to ongoing projects because it marks the deadline by which work must have "sufficiently progressed" in order to continue to benefit from the transitional arrangements that apply to building projects under the new building control regime.

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  • This webinar was about occupied residential buildings that meet the definition in Part 4 of the Building Safety Act and was delivered by Andrew Saunders and Josh Paulin of the BSR. It was delivered to TPI members as part of our building safety series with the HSE.

    You can view the webinar, and find links to resources discussed during the session, here.

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  • This webinar was about occupied residential buildings that meet the definition in Part 4 of the Building Safety Act and was delivered by Andrew Saunders and Josh Paulin of the BSR. The webinar kicked off with the latest updates from the HSE before recapping the basics of Part 4 of the Building Safety Act. It then covered an overview of dutyholders and their duties before the presenters discussed building registration, safety case reports, Accountable Persons and proportionality. The requirements of resident engagement were then explained before member questions were answered.

    View the webinar and resources here.

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