12 Oct 2021 | Online
10:00 - 13:45

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Overview

The Building Safety Bill is very wide-ranging and will have impacts for multiple stakeholders, from residents, homeowners, housing associations, developers and constructors, insurance companies, fire and emergency services, and local authorities. 

The Bill received its first reading on 5 July 2021 and was introduced as a response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Dame Judith Hackitt’s report on Building Regulations & Fire SafetyIt is the most fundamental reform of regulation across the construction and residential property sectors in many years.

The Bill creates a Building Safety Regulator, responsible for the regulation of all buildings, with new statutory roles for designers and contractors on all projects. The Bill also creates an entirely new and more rigorous regime for prescribed classes of buildings, with new planning and building control gateways, building safety managers, safety cases and a statutory golden thread of information, all linked to a formal certification of the building for fitness to occupy. The Bill will strengthen the whole building control system, with the new Regulator taking responsibility for professional standards for building control officers.

Everyone needs to understand that the Bill and new Regulator cover all buildings, not just ‘high rise residential'. It addresses how we design, build and renovate all our buildings in future. It introduces changes to the Building Act, Architects Act and Building Regulations that all stakeholders need to be aware of.

The Fire Safety Act 2021 was signed into law in April and will be subject to secondary legislation as it comes into force. This will also be addressed during this essential House Briefing.


Who should attend?
  • Construction companies, developers and building services providers

  • Local Government housing executives

  • Building Inspectors

  • Housing Associations

  • Insurers

  • Fire services

Agenda
10:00

Chair’s Introduction

10:05

Keynote: Key tenets of the Building Safety Bill

Sir Peter Bottomley MP & Father of the House

10:25

Scope and responsibilities of the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR)

  • A more stringent regime for high-risk buildings
  • Ensuring all residential buildings meet regulatory requirements during the planning, design, construction and occupancy phases of the building’s life
  • Expectations of the Accountable Person
  • Implementing a new system of three ‘gateways’ for high-risk buildings at the planning, design and construction stages
  • ‘A golden thread of information' for each building: How the live digital document will be stored, accessed and shared
10:55

Compliance challenges for construction companies and developers

  • Assessing the increased risk of retrospective claims
  • How will the legislation impact the costs of ongoing and future projects?
  • Managing digital records and fixed reporting
  • Practical problems in the locating of files relating to backdated claims
  • Supply chain liability – what happens if a contractor is no longer trading, or a joint venture has been dissolved?
  • Clarifying how building safety charges will be levied
  • New Homes Ombudsman
  • Criminal liability risks
11:25

Update on the Fire Safety Act 2021

This Bill received Royal Assent in April 2021 and amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It is designed to ensure people feel safe in their homes and that a tragedy like Grenfell Tower never happens again. 

  • Clarification of who is accountable for reducing fire risk
  • Who is the ‘Responsible Person’?
  • Processes for effective fire risk assessment
  • Enforcement action
  • Outlining and anticipating secondary legislation, for example, around lift inspection, evacuation plans and fire safety instructions
11:55

Break

12:10

What does the Bill mean for residents, homeowners, and social housing?

  • How will leaseholders pursue private developers in practice?
  • What financial support is available for leaseholders?
  • Funding for housing associations and the remediation of social housing
  • Will the Bill indirectly cause less affordable housing to be built?

Liz Oliver, Safer Homes Director, Hyde Housing & Chair, Building Safety Sub-Group, G15  

12:40

What are the implications of the Bill for insurers?

  • The role of insurers in driving reform
  • How will insurance companies work with the new regulator?
  • Why 18 metres high?
  • How will information on a buildings construction and safety history be recorded, stored and shared?
  • How will the proposed changes impact the insurance market and what do insurers need to be thinking about ahead of the Bill coming into force?

James Dalton, Director of General Insurance, Association of British Insurers (ABI)

13:10

Strengthening the regulatory framework for construction products

  • Clarifying the role of the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS)
  • How will the legislation drive cultural change in the UK construction industry?
  • Understanding the new Code for Construction Product Information
  • What is secondary legislation likely to look like?

Peter Caplehorn, Chief Executive, Construction Products Association

13:40

Chair's summary of the day & event close

Speakers
Sir Peter Bottomley
MP & Father of the House
Liz Oliver
Safer Homes Director, Hyde Housing & Chair, Building Safety Sub-Group, G15
Peter Caplehorn
Chief Executive, Construction Products Association
James Dalton
James Dalton, Director of General Insurance, Association of British Insurers (ABI)
Who should attend?
  • Construction companies, developers and building services providers
  • Local Government housing executives
  • Building Inspectors
  • Housing Associations
  • Insurers
  • Fire services

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