Building Information Modelling or BIM is to become a mandatory requirement under new UK government plans, set out to ensure stricter measures to improve safety on residential construction projects.
This initiative mandates that any high-rise residential project over 18 metres high, or six or more storeys needs to incorporate BIM processes. This comes as a result of the government’s review of Building Regulations in the UK under the so-called Hackitt review.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently detailed its intentions regarding this mandate in a consultation released in May on a new regulatory framework. Intentions that will work to implement recommendations of the Hackitt review.
The Hackitt review - so named as it was led by Dame Judith Hackitt - is an independent review commissioned following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The purpose of the review was to make recommendations that will ensure a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future of the industry, and to make residents feel safer in the buildings they live in.
The review states that: "Government should mandate a digital (by default) standard of record-keeping for the design, construction and during the occupation of new HRRBs [higher risk residential buildings of 10 storeys or more]. This is to include any subsequent refurbishments within those buildings."
The review goes on to say: "Having BIM-enabled datasets during occupation means that dutyholders will have a suitable evidence base through which to deliver their responsibilities and maintain safety and integrity throughout the life-cycle of a building. Information can be updated as and when changes are made during the building life-cycle."
This more readily available information will help to support more robust health and safety measures, as set out by the review, in effect promoting residents’ safety and ensuring another event like the Grenfell disaster will become more unlikely in the future.
The UK construction industry is no stranger to BIM, Level 2 became mandatory for use on all public sector projects in 2016. At BIM Level 2, collaboration has been introduced between teams and the process of BIM is being followed consistently, throughout the project. There is still a lack of a single source of data, however, but importantly any data collected about a built asset is now shared.
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