Wed Dec 19th 2018
The British Board of Agrément has welcomed the government’s announcement that it is to implement all recommendations put forward by the Hackitt review.
James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, made the announcement on Tuesday, stating: “My plan for stronger, tougher rules will make sure there is no hiding place for those who flout building safety rules.”
Welcoming the news, BBA Chief Executive Claire Curtis-Thomas said: “The industry has continuously argued for tougher standards and by introducing clearer guidance, including establishing a new Standards Committee to advise on construction product and system standards and regulations, we can continue to work with the government to enable rigorous oversights are put in place for those undertaking building work, which will in turn provide a stronger voice for residents.
"The BBA believes that a culture change must be instituted, helping to create a more responsible building industry, from design through to construction and management,” added Ms Curtis-Thomas.
Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned by the government following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, put forward more than 50 recommendations. The BBA, working with Local Authority Building Control (LABC), gained widespread industry support for their 100% Hackitt initiative, which called for full implementation of Dame Judith’s recommendations.
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