LABC Warranty building control partner welcomes Building Safety Bill

LABC Warranty building control partner organisation LABC has welcomed the publication of the Building Safety Bill.

The Bill sets out the government’s proposals to make taller buildings safer and includes clauses introducing the professional registration of building control surveyors. Certain building control activities will now only be able to be undertaken by an appropriately qualified and registered building inspector.

LABC Warranty works alongside LABC, the member network for local authority building control services, to provide structural warranty cover for builders and developers across England and Wales. Warranty risk management surveyors work together with local authority building control inspectors to ensure developments are built to high standards.

The Building Safety Bill includes the establishment of the Building Safety Regulator, extensions to the definition of higher risk buildings to now include, during design and construction only, hospitals and care homes above the 18m height threshold, as well as other reforms such as a new duty holders system and measures to boost the competence of the industry.

The Bill will affect a large proportion of taller-building construction projects managed by LABC Warranty’s specialist Major Projects team.

LABC plays key role in the Bill’s formation

LABC has worked closely with others in the industry through the Joint Regulators’ Group which has piloted some of the measures in the Bill including the multi-disciplinary approach between the HSE, fire and rescue services and local authorities to deal with higher risk buildings.

LABC Chief Executive Lorna Stimpson said: “LABC welcomes the announcement of the Building Safety Bill – it is an absolutely vital part of the regulatory reform needed to make our buildings safer. We particularly welcome the proposals for a national register of building control surveyors which is a key part of the quality, standards and competence programme we have been investing in for more than four years.

“Over this time we have transformed the way our network operates and seen our 3,500 individual members step up by getting themselves and their teams ISO accredited and signing up for our huge variety of training, learning, competency validations and other professional development. 

“However, we need to go further still, so LABC will be supporting the government, HSE and industry efforts to continue the transformation of our industry so people can be confident the buildings in which they live and work are safe.”

 

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty Technical Manual.

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