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 regulation and legislation.

It takes place in the context of:

  • Plans to introduce a new Building Safety Regulator - backed by strong sanctions for non-compliance - and with the Building Safety Bill expected in this parliamentary session;
  • Government consulting on implementing recommendations in its response to Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry through the Fire Safety Bill expected this summer; and
  • Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, where hearings are due to resume later this month;

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Peter Baker, Director, Building Safety Programme Response, Health & Safety Executive;
  • Professor Susan Bright, Law Faculty, University of Oxford;
  • Peter Caplehorn, Deputy Chief Executive, Construction Products Association and Deputy Chair, IRG Competence Steering Group;
  • Dr Graham Spinardi, Fire Safety Engineering, University of Edinburgh; and
  • Martin Taylor, Director, Regulatory Policy, Local Authority Building Control.

Further speakers include: Andrew Carpenter, Structural Timber Association and Construction Excellence South West; Jane Duncan, Expert Advisory Group for Fire Safety and Laura Hughes, Association of British Insurers.


The chairs are Rt Hon the Lord Stunell, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Construction and Rt Hon the Lord Whitty.


The agenda

  • Building regulations: the evolving landscape and priorities going forward;
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the new regulatory framework:
    • Local authorities and building regulations - planning, working with partners, and priorities for enforcement;
    • Improving industry competence and the culture around compliance;
    • Ensuring safety in high-rise residential buildings - design, retrofit, and risk assessment;
    • Learning from the regulation of high-risk industries;
    • Improving fire safety, making sure residents feel safe in their homes, and effectively engaging communities; and
    • Engaging with residents in building safety measures.
  • Next steps for cladding removal, non-domestic buildings and ensuring safety;
  • Addressing the challenges for implementing changes to the regulatory system; and
  • Next steps for policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Social Policy Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: MHCLG; BEIS; HSE; the Cabinet office; Committee on Climate Change; Defra; Department for International Trade; Department for Transport; The Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speaker

Professor Susan Bright

Law Faculty, University of Oxford

Keynote Speakers

Peter Baker

Director, Building Safety Programme Response, Health & Safety Executive

Peter Caplehorn

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

Martin Taylor

Director, Regulatory Policy, Local Authority Building Control

Dr Graham Spinardi

Fire Safety Engineering, University of Edinburgh

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

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