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BSI publishes new Built Environment Competence Standards (BSI Flex 8670)

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The review of building safety and regulations that followed the Grenfell Tower fire highlighted a fragmented approach to - and a lack of consistency in - the processes and standards for assuring the competence of those working on buildings as a major flaw in the regulatory system.To meet that challenge, the Competence Steering Group (CSG) published ‘Raising the Bar’ (later updated as ‘Setting the Bar’), which included creating a suite of national standards and supporting documents in its 67 recommendations.

BSI, supported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, is leading an industry-driven standards programme to raise the standards of competence across the built environment and improve the safety of residents and the workforce.

The standards will make it easier for different parts of the built environment industry to work together by establishing agreed core principles, terminology, and requirements on competence, providing a shared understanding of roles along the delivery supply chain.They will also provide a bridge to wider competence requirements being developed for the professional, technical and artisanal skills of those working in the built environment, raising the quality of work, the behaviour and the culture of individuals working in the built environment.

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