The Hackitt Report has now been published following the tragedy that occurred at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Dame Judith Hackitt, in her report, calls for an overhaul of the construction industry. The report does not, as many expected, confirm an outright ban on the use of combustible materials. This issue is anticipated to be debated further at government level and during the inquiry into Grenfell which began in May.
The crux of the report is a “radical overhaul” of the way high-rise structures are designed, constructed and refurbished. Specifically, it mentions:
The new regulatory framework must be simpler and truly “outcome based” rather than prescriptive. This approach requires individuals working as part of the new system to be competent and understanding their responsibilities. Stroma’s Building Control companies have a wealth of experienced surveyors working closely with industry, fire engineers, and fire authorities to deliver safe buildings.
Following much dismay from within and outside the construction industry that the Hackitt Report did not recommend a ban on combustible cladding and insulation, the Government has since announced a consultation on the subject.
James Brokenshire, Housing Minister, said: “…the cladding believed to be on Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing Building Regulations…Having listened carefully to concerns, the government will consult on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.”
“Stroma welcomes the publication of the Hackitt Report in response to the Grenfell tragedy. Our experts are currently studying the report in detail and we will subsequently be providing further commentary and support to our clients. We remain committed to working alongside ACAI and other industry stakeholders to ensure safety for the public and all users of Higher Risk Residential Buildings (HRRBs).”
Dave Allen, Director
Stroma will be announcing a more detailed response to the Hackitt Report and our perception about its effect on the Building Regulations in the near future.
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