Westminster Social Policy Forum

Building regulations in England - implementing the new framework, assessing effectiveness, and priorities for improving safety

Morning, Thursday, 2nd April 2020

Central London

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.


The agenda

  • 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.


Keynote Speaker

Professor Susan Bright

Law Faculty, University of Oxford

Keynote Speakers

Peter Caplehorn

Deputy Chief Executive, Construction Products Association and Deputy Chair, IRG Competence Steering Group

Martin Taylor

Director, Regulatory Policy, Local Authority Building Control

Professor Susan Bright

Law Faculty, University of Oxford

Chairs

Rt Hon the Lord Stunell

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Construction

Rt Hon the Lord Whitty

Speakers

Peter Baker

Director, Building Safety Programme Response, Health & Safety Executive

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

Laura Hughes

Manager, General Insurance, Association of British Insurers