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Draft Building Safety Bill

The draft Building Safety Bill takes forward reforms to the building and fire safety system. The Government is prioritising the urgent reform of the regulatory system for buildings. The extensive reforms brought forward in this large and complex Bill represent the most significant and fundamental changes to building safety legislation in decades.

In the days after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, when Dame Judith Hackitt started her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government had already established the Building Safety Programme to ensure residents in high-rise buildings are safe, as well as feel safe.

Draft Fire Safety Bill

The Home Office has introduced a new draft Bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes and that a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again. The Bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the Responsible Person or Duty-Holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows; and
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts.


This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

Consolidated guidance for building owners, Annex A and supplementary note

Including:

  • Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors;
  • Annex A: Assurance and assessment of fire doors; and
  • Supplementary note to building safety advice for building owners.


Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors

In support of the Building Safety Programme, the independent expert advisory panel has issued advice on the measures building owners should take to review ACM and other cladding systems. Building owners should to assess and assure their fire safety, and the potential risks to residents of external fire spread. The expert panel has also issued advice on other key fire safety risks that need to be managed appropriately.

Annex A: Assurance and assessment of fire doors

This advice note provides general advice on building owners undertaking risk assessments of fire doors. If building owners need further assistance to determine whether existing or proposed fire doorsets meet the current standards, they should seek expert advice from a suitably qualified fire safety professional.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 - Recommendations from Sir Martin Moore-Bick

Report of the public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.

 

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