Morning, Thursday, 2nd April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will discuss next steps for improving the safety and standards of buildings in England.
Areas for discussion include:
- Implementing a new regulatory system;
- Improving industry competence;
- Priorities for resident safety; and
- Options for legislation.
It takes place in the context of the:
- The recent consultation on reform to the regulatory system - including plans to introduce a new Building Safety Regulator and criminal sanctions for non-compliance - and with legislation expected in the next parliamentary session; and
- Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, where hearings are expected to begin early next year.
There will be keynote contributions from: Peter Caplehorn, Deputy Chief Executive, Construction Products Association and Deputy Chair, IRG Competence Steering Group and Martin Taylor, Director, Regulatory Policy, Local Authority Building Control.
Further speakers include: Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive, Structural Timber Association and Chief Executive, Construction Excellence South West; Jane Duncan, Chair, Expert Advisory Group for Fire Safety and Past President, Royal Institute of British Architects; and Laura Hughes, Manager, General Insurance, Association of British Insurers.
Chairing is Rt Hon the Lord Stunell, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Construction.
- Building regulations: the evolving landscape and priorities going forward;
- Assessing the effectiveness of the new regulatory framework;
- Improving industry competence and the culture around compliance;
- Local authorities and building regulations - planning, working with partners and priorities for enforcement;
- Ensuring safety in high-rise residential buildings - design, retrofit and risk assessment; and
- Improving fire safety, making sure residents feel safe in their homes and effectively engaging communities;
- Lessons from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and priorities for improving safety;
- Addressing the challenges for implementing changes to the regulatory system; and
- Next steps for policy.