Following the horrific tragic fire and loss of life at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017 the Government have announced an immediate review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
This tragic fire, raised serious questions about the fire safety of high rise residential buildings, and subsequent government testing of aluminum composite material (ACM) cladding from similar buildings across the country.
Immediate action is already underway to ensure the safety of residents in similar buildings, but the results also make clear that we need to understand how current building regulations and fire safety works in order to make them as effective as possible in the future.
This forward-looking independent review, to be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, will look at current building regulations and fire safety with a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. It will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
It will examine:
• the regulatory system around the design, construction and on-going management of buildings in relation to fire safety
• related compliance and enforcement issues
• international regulation and experience in this area
It is expected that the review will present an interim report before the end of the year, and a final report no later than spring 2018. The government will act swiftly on any recommendations from this review to make sure people living in high rise buildings are safe.