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The H&V News Heatingcast #2: the case for a HMRC for building safety

Rudi Klein, chief executive of the SEC Group, argues that a single national enforcement body for ensuring building safety and quality would best address issues raised in the Hackitt review

“Earth shattering” amendments that will dramatically reshape building safety standards and how they are enforced should not be expected during the course of 2019, the chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group has said.

In the second part of our Heatingcast interview, the SEC Group’s Rudi Klein has urged industry and government to establish an independent national enforcement agency that would effectively function as a singular body charged with enforcing a range of standards.

Think of a kind of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for ensuring our buildings are meeting a range of standards - from fire safety to efficiency. This would be a significant change to the current model where a range of bodies and organisations are charged with ensuring construction-related standards and regulations are met.

However, Mr Klein argues that such a sweeping change is unlikely in the short-term, especially with the government still consumed with trying to define a clear Brexit policy. This is despite a range of consultations on wider safety considerations that are planned for this year in a response to the final report of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety.

You can listen to the second part of the Heatingcast here, or by hitting play below.

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