One of the most common misconceptions of the Act is that it will only be applicable to high-rise residential buildings. The Act will, in fact, cover all buildings with a special focus on higher-risk buildings, which are defined as buildings that are at least 18m in height or have at least 7 stories and at least two residential units.
On the 12th April 2023, the new Building Safety Regulator gained its powers. This is a new regulatory body enabled by the Act and has been overseen in its creation by the Health and Safety Executive. It is responsible for overseeing the safety, standards and performance of all buildings, helping and encouraging the built environment industry and building control professionals to improve their competence, whilst also leading the implementation of a new regulatory framework for high-rise buildings.
There are a number of other changes including the introduction of project gateways, the golden thread of information, a new homes ombudsman scheme, construction products’ quality standards, increased competency requirements, fire safety remediation and so on.
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