Encouraging consultations launched in respect of safety of UK higher risk residential buildings

Article 22 March 2021 Experience: Construction

We are pleased to have seen the launch of two consultations to improve the safety of Higher Risk Residential Buildings (‘HRRBs’) in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, ‘Building a Safer Future’ (the ‘Report’). Further details of the consultations are below, but such initiatives are hoped to enable the construction industry to better regulate itself when it comes to the use of materials in sensitive structures.

The British Board of Agrément (‘BBA’) has launched its consultation, which invites feedback on its enhanced certification process, ‘Agrément Plus’, and the Construction Products Association (‘CPA’) has launched a consultation on its proposed ‘Code for Construction Product Information’, due to formally launch later this year. Both initiatives are intended to enhance architects’ clarity over product and material safety for use in HRRBs.

These are both promising responses to the Report and should give comfort that the construction industry is working together to improve the safety of HRRBs for the future.