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

Jennifer Barrett, Regional & Technical Manager, JHAI & Member of FSBRG (Fire Safety Building Regulations Group)

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

Rebecca Thompson, Senior Policy Lead, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)

10:55

Building Safety Bill: Compliance and legal issues

  • Timeline for implementation and the definition of a high-risk building
  • The role of Building Safety Regulator with approval, enforcement and prosecutorial powers
  • The new roles of the “Accountable Person” and the Building Safety Manager
  • The Gateway regime:
    • Gateway One requires information to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority in the form of a Fire Statement
    • Gateway Two occurs prior to commencement of construction, and provides a ‘hard stop’ where construction cannot begin until the Regulator is satisfied that the design meets the functional requirements of the building regulations
    • Gateway Three takes place at completion. At this point, all “golden thread” documentation must be provided to the Accountable Person by dutyholders for onward submission to the Regulator
  • Defective Premises Act 1972.- The time limit for residents to bring a claim in relation to substandard construction work will be extended from the usual six years up to 15 years pursuant to s1. DPA
  • Criminal liability for companies and their directors – with unlimited fines and imprisonment for up to two years
  • Amendments to Fire Safety Order C

Phil Morrison, Partner, Clarion Solicitors

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

Kevin Blunden, Member, Fire Safety Building Regulations Group

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

Jennifer Barrett, Regional & Technical Manager, JHAI & Member of FSBRG (Fire Safety Building Regulations Group)

Speakers
Rebecca Thompson
Senior Policy Lead, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)

Rebecca has been in the civil service since 2010. Her first role was with the Dept for Communities & Local Government where she was a senior policy advisor on affordable housing policy. After a spell at BEIS, she moved back to the MHCLG and her current role is focused on the ‘golden thread of building information’ aspects of the Building Safety Bill, part of the Hackitt recommendations post-Grenfell.

Sir Peter Bottomley
MP & Father of the House

Peter was born in 1944. He was educated at a mixed comprehensive school in Washington DC, Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. His wife, Virginia, is a former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey.  They have one son and two daughters.

He served as Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office where his responsibilities included agriculture and the environment, Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services (1977-1979) and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1979 to 81). In June 1997, he was appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges.  In 2011 Peter was knighted for Public Service.

In the 1997 general election, Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Worthing West, West Sussex.

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

Liz Oliver had led in compliance and safer homes roles within the housing sector for over ten years, working for organisations including Homes for Haringey and Optivo. Liz feels passionately about keeping both residents and buildings safe. She has headed up Hyde’s Safer Homes team for around 18 months, and under her leadership, Hyde has carried out major building safety work on 10 residential buildings and thousands of other smaller projects. She recently led on the successful recladding project affecting 433 homes in five tower blocks at Gosport. The project has not only won national awards, but Liz’s work at Gosport led to her becoming a ‘Building Safety Ambassador’ for Inside Housing. Thanks to Liz’s approach, always focusing on engaging with residents, and by being honest, open and supportive, Hyde has demonstrated to residents, stakeholders and government that it is a sector leader in building safety.

Peter Caplehorn
Chief Executive, Construction Products Association

Peter was promoted to lead the CPA in May 2019 following five years as Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director.  His work focuses on engaging with policy makers and industry leaders to raise the profile of the products sector and members’ businesses, grow the market and reduce regulatory risk. Peter is a Chartered Architect with more than 35 years of experience, but is particularly respected for his leadership across the wider construction industry in a number of key national roles. Most recently he has represented the CPA at the Industry Response Group, initiated by the UK Government to advise and organise a response that will help make existing buildings safe in the wake of the Grenfell disaster. He was also asked by Dame Judith Hackitt to chair the Regulations working group for her independent review, as well as to sit on both the Products and the Golden Thread working groups. In addition, in 2018 Peter was asked by the UK Housing Minister to support a government working group on modern methods of construction in the housing sector. In addition, Peter is the chair of CB/- (the British Standards Institution’s strategic committee for construction); chair of RIBA’s Regulations and Standards Group; chair of the BIM Task Group’s BIM4Regs working group; chair of the CIC health and safety committee; and until recently after nine years in the role, deputy chair of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC). Peter also served eight years as a RIBA Council member. Prior to joining the CPA, Peter was the Technical Director at the award-winning architectural practice Scott Brownrigg, where he was responsible for all areas of technical compliance, regulations, health and safety and quality control. He has worked on a range of projects such as offices, housing, schools, industrial plants and airports.  Concurrently, Peter also chaired several major industry events and was central to the delivery of several British Standards and Publicly Available Specifications; for example, PAS 91 and BS 8560. Peter is the author of “Whole Life Costing: A New Approach” published in 2012 and has frequently published articles for the RIBA Journal, Building Design, Building and others. His second book “Health and Safety and the Plan of Work” was published in 2016 and he is currently working on his next entitled “A Perfect Recipe for Self Builders”. He has appeared on a number of television and radio interviews and live event programmes including Grand Designs Live.  Peter has also given evidence at several parliamentary enquiries. In 2015 Peter was delighted to receive an honorary membership from Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and in 2017 honorary membership of the Institute of Fire engineers.

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

James Dalton is Director of General Insurance Policy at the ABI and a member of the trade body’s Executive Team leading work on motor, property, liability and health insurance. He previously acted as the ABI’s Head of Motor and Liability. As a public policy and insurance professional, James represents the UK’s world leading insurance sector to Ministers, regulators, Parliamentarians and other senior stakeholders across the UK and internationally. Before joining the ABI, James worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand, including acting as Private Secretary to the Minister of Commerce, having studied Law and Political Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. James is a Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau and can be found on Twitter at @InsuranceJamesD

Phil Morrison
Partner, Clarion Solicitors

Phil is head of Clarion’s construction offering. He is dual-qualified in English and Scottish Law and has over 25 years' experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters advising large private and public sector bodies and all parties involved in the construction industry. Phil provides commercial advice concerning procurement, development agreements, building contracts, including JCT, FIDIC, and PFI contracts, sub-contracts, professional team appointments and collateral warranties. He works closely with his commercial property and banking colleagues providing construction related input into their transactions and documentation. Phil’s contentious experience includes representing parties in mediation, adjudication, arbitration and the Technology and Construction Courts. These contentious issues are often complex, involving a number of parties in multi-million-pound claims across different jurisdictions. Phil has built a practice where he is regularly instructed by NHS Trusts and parties working in the fire protection industry. He regularly provides training on construction-related topics and is often invited to speak by professional governing bodies at CDP events.

Kevin Blunden
Fire Safety Building Regulations Group, Member, ACAI (Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors), Chair

Kevin is a member of the Fire safety Building Regulations Group and Chairman of the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors, the body representing private sector Building Control.

He is a Chartered Building Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist with nearly 40 years’ experience in building control having managed teams in large city authorities and private sectors.

Throughout his career Kevin has been actively involved in raising levels of competence and spent nearly a decade working for a professional body, developing and delivering training and development courses for the sector establish professional competence standards and dealing with professional conduct.

Kevin participates in numerous industry groups and committees and is working with professional bodies, governments and the sector to influence future standards and regulations and ensure that those delivering building control can be shown to be competent to do so.

He is currently a Director of Harwood Building Control Approved Inspectors Limited, a Board Member of the Chartered association of Building Engineers and a member of the registration authority of the Society for the Environment.

Jennifer Barrett
Regional & Technical Manager, JHAI & Member of FSBRG (Fire Safety Building Regulations Group)

Jennifer has worked in the construction industry for 32 years, 29 of which in Building Control.  Jennifer initially worked in several Local Authority roles before moving to the private Sector in 2002. Jennifer joined jhai Ltd in 2018 following 14 years at Dunwoody Building Legislation, initially as Regional Manager before progressing to Director.

Jennifer’s current role at jhai includes managing the company’s major project team as well as compliance management to implement continued improvements within the company via technical auditing and training of staff in addition to improving policy and procedures in line with changes in guidance or code of practice. Her background and specialism is larger commercial and residential projects. Jennifer is a past Vice-Chair of the ACAI and has sat on the BCA technical committee.

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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