The revelation that hundreds of high-rise buildings all around the UK are covered in similar external wall materials that were used on Grenfell Tower is worrying, not only for the residents who live there but for all parties involved in the construction process.
The Building Safety Bill aims to set regulatory regimes for such buildings that reside at over 18 metres high and can be referred to as ‘high risk’.
There will also be new roles created such as a Building Safety Regulator, an Accountable Person and a Building Safety Manager to oversee certain aspects of construction and make sure that all statutory obligations placed on them are met.
The onus has been placed firmly onto manufacturers to ensure that their products are suitable for specification after the Grenfell inquiry found that the marketing material relating to the polyethylene cladding was in fact incorrect and fire tests had repeatedly been failed for many years.
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