The Construction Products Association (CPA) says the conclusions of an independent review intended to introduce significant changes to key building standards could be published in next two months
The final report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety that was launched following the Grenfell Tower fire is on course to be published during May this year, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA).
The association is among a number of bodies involved in work to review and revise the existing legal framework in place for construction and building services functions. Initial findings released late last year by review chair Dame Judith Hackitt warned that existing regulations were ‘not fit for purpose’ in dealing with high-rise and complex buildings.
A total of six working groups have now been formed following the publication of these initial findings last December to outline new policy in a number of key areas relating to the construction industry. These include reviewing regulations and guidance, competence requirements as well as procurement.
The CPA said in an update for its members that it was invited to support three of the six working groups that are reviewing issues of regulations and guidance, quality assurance and products. The group is also involved with a ‘Golden Thread’ focus that monitors how the original design intent of more complex building projects is changed.
It is intended that detailed response plans for these three work group focuses to be completed by the end of this month in “as specific and well considered” a manner as possible, the association said.
CPA deputy chief executive Peter Caplehorn said that preventing a repeat of the fire at Grenfell Tower last June was a key concern for anyone involved in specifying, installing and inspecting fire safety and built environment systems into construction.
He said, “It is therefore crucial that those engaged in the manufacture, testing and installation of fire critical products and systems are able to present appropriate guidance to ensure that any future regulatory process is sufficiently robust.”
“The CPA Technical Expert Panel has been formed to act as an essential conduit between the manufacturing sector, other key bodies and government agencies to enable this vital flow of information and guidance.”
Spring target on track
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which announced the independent review last year, maintained that expected the final findings of the independent review to be published during the Spring.
Individuals involved in the ongoing review process have told H&V News privately that they expect some of the key outcomes from the regulations review to demand more thorough and continuous scrutiny of electrical systems such as HVAC equipment and other building services functions.
It is understood that this may see a wider push for mandatory registration of more specialised engineering work as part of broader ambitions to guarantee projects are undertaken by sufficiently trained individuals and that there is a clear responsibility for buildings and systems.