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Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

This call for evidence was issued to inform the independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, announced by government in July 2017 following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

Objectives of the consultation

The Review is being led by Dame Judith Hackitt. Its purpose is to make recommendations that will ensure we have a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future and to provide further assurance to residents that the complete system is working to ensure the buildings they live in are safe and remain so. It examines building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement. The review is focusing on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings.

This call for evidence closed on 13 October 2017.

Supporting papers

To download the call for evidence document please follow the link below.

CIBSE response

CIBSE responded to this call for evidence highlighting a concern about the definition of roles and responsibilities in the construction and operation of buildings. CIBSE considers that there is a pressing need for the definition of clear roles to be undertaken and the specific disciplines and competences required to undertake those roles.

In addition the Society of Façade Engineering (SFE), which operates under the auspices of CIBSE, prepared a detailed response to the review which specifically addresses the façade engineering aspects of Part B and the supporting Approved Document B. To read both responses please follow the links below.

CIBSE also participated in and contributed to the responses to the Independent Review submitted by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC). The Institution fully supports and endorses the content of these responses.

Results of the consultation and next steps

The Review will report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. 

The interim report of the independent Review was published on 18 December 2017. This interim report provides the findings to date and direction of travel for the review, ahead of a final report expected to be submitted in spring 2018.