Grenfell update and actions

In order for CIAT to make a formal response we are appealing to members in possession of relevant evidence

Grenfell update and actions 

1.
 Call for Evidence — Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
The call for evidence to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, being led by Dame Judith Hackitt, has been published. The objective of the review is to ensure a sufficiently robust regulatory system of building, housing and fire safety legislation and associated guidance which creates a framework through which fire safety is embedded, assessed and assured through the full life cycle of a building. The call for evidence is focussing on a number of key areas that make up this regulatory system - legal requirements, roles & responsibilities, compliance processes, competency, enforcement & sanctions and quality assurance.

More detail on the call for evidence (including the ten specific questions that the review team are requesting views upon) can be viewed at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-call-for-evidence-for-the-independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety.

Speaking at the meeting of the Industry Response Group, this morning, the lead civil servant supporting Dame Judith, requested that Construction Industry Council, of which CIAT is a full and active member, Construction Products Association and Build UK provide sector-wide inputs to the review questions.

In order for CIAT to make a formal response we are appealing to members in possession of relevant evidence and would ask that you forward this to graham@ciat.org.uk by 5 October in order for us to respond to Government by Friday13 October 2017.

2. Government Building Safety Programme (dated 5 September 2017)
The Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) has issued an update and consolidated advice for building owners following largescale testing which can be directly downloaded below for your reference.

DCLG update and consolidated advice for building owners


3. Are you a Chartered Member and a fire specialist?
As a part of the Government Building Safety Programme, DCLG also details (on page 9 and 13) the Chartered professionals who can respond to building owners. CIAT and its Chartered Members are listed within these pages, however it essential that such professionals as listed are also deemed to be experienced and are specialists in fire safety. With this in mind the industry is creating a register of such professionals and we have been asked to report back with our data.

If you are such a Chartered Member we would be pleased if you can email us confirming your wish to be included on a register and what your experience, and specialisms are in fire safety.

In order for us to inform Government of the numbers of such specialists please complete and return the form below to graham@ciat.org.uk
 

Fire industry register and Taskforce form

 

4. CIAT Fire Taskforce
CIAT is also setting up a Taskforce to respond to the issues and consultations as part of its involvement to address issues.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this area on behalf of the Institute, again please complete the form above and send it to graham@ciat.org.uk

5. Skills and competence of capable Chartered professionals
One of the outcomes and current actions in ensuring Grenfell never happens again, is a review of the skills and competences of capable Chartered professionals to ensure they are appropriately proficient in fire safety (as opposed to creating a new profession). With this in mind, current courses and training are being assessed to ensure they are fit for purpose.

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