Building a Safer Future? - thoughts on the Hackitt review

It’s taken me a while to decide how to approach this blog post. I’ve probably written and deleted the introduction four or five times, and for good reason. The final report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations & Fire Safety released this earlier this month is divisive if nothing else. It has already been subject to criticism from several sources for not calling for a ban on the use of combustible cladding, something that the Government have now said they will consult on doing. Over 10 chapters the report provides over 50 recommendations for Government to consider, with topics ranging from competency and regulatory oversight to resident’s rights and the production of digital reco

Building in Wales?

Make sure you're up to date with the latest Building Regulation changes … The National Assembly for Wales have responsibility for devolved powers which includes making some of its own independent laws. From a Building Regulation perspective, the most notable of these new laws was the introduction of Regulation 37A which mandates the installation of sprinkler systems within residential developments. The latest changes on the way are to Part G and Part Q, which come into force on the 01st November 2018. Part G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency · Water usage within a newly erected dwelling is reduced to from 125 to 110 litres per person per day. The 125 litres per pers

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