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RIBA responds to draft Building Safety Bill

Read our response to the government’s draft Building Safety Bill that takes forward reforms to the building and fire safety system.

20 July 2020

The RIBA has today responded to the government’s draft Building Safety Bill that takes forward reforms to the building and fire safety system.

RIBA Fire Safety Group Chair, Jane Duncan, said:

“This draft legislation makes some positive changes, outlining the functions of the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR), amending the Building Act 1984 and giving the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) much needed power to improve Building Standards.

However, it’s disappointing that the scope of the new regulatory system has not been widened to apply to other high-risk non-residential buildings at any height – fire does not discriminate. Over three years on, there is still no commitment to review all relevant technical guidance documents, or clear outline of responsibilities for duty holders who work on the design, construction and maintenance of buildings, which is particularly crucial given the proposed responsibility for competency for the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

The government has a once in a generation opportunity to overhaul the UK’s building regulations to ensure buildings and people are safe – and it must get it right.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Press contact: Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org or +44 (0) 20 7307 3811.
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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