Raising standards in construction

18th April 2023
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A summary of the new Building Safety Act

In the aftermath of the devastating 2017 Grenfell fire, the new Building Safety Act will significantly affect how Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) works are delivered in new developments.

Coming into force from October 2023, with a six-month transitional period, the act will address the safety issues that were exposed by the Grenfell fire in 2017, giving residents and homeowners more rights, powers, and protections. It delivers far-reaching protections for qualifying leaseholders from the costs associated with remediating historical building safety defects and help to ensure those responsible for building safety defects are held to account.

Central to the act is the responsibility to ensure that everyone involved in the construction of buildings is competent, to ensure improved standards and compliance with building regulations.

The act also introduces a ‘golden thread of information’ which is a digital record that allows an understanding of the building to keep it safe. The act introduces a responsibility to ensure the information is accurate, easily understandable, can be accessed by those who need it and is up to date. The ‘golden thread of information’ will be stored digitally for the entire life of the building, ensuring steps are in place to keep both the building and people safe, now and in the future.

The introduction of the Building Safety Act is the biggest change to the construction industry in a generation, bringing with it a fundamental shift in responsibility. At Briar, we welcome the new act. We take our responsibility as MEP engineers very seriously and are continuously reviewing and developing robust processes; knowledge sharing; and training our teams to the very highest standards.

Adam Wardley, Associate Director of Building Services at Briar, says: “As the industry responds to the requirements of the Building Safety Act, demonstrating professional competency and technical due diligence has never been more important. Here at Briar, we are ready to embrace the new regulatory act to ensure our clients' projects are safe and compliant, for all end users”.

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