Working in partnership across the Building sector to ensure that all homes no matter when they are built are safe for habitation
The Building Safety Bill, introduced in July 2021, set our a clear pathway for how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained to keep people safe. This forum, will look at what these regulatory changes mean for the housing sector and local authorities, explore the role of the Building Safety Manager and provide updated guidance to help social housing providers ensure compliance with the latest legislation.
In July 2017, 181 buildings across 51 local authorities failed fire safety tests on their cladding. The tragedy of Grenfell Tower had brough to light serious safety issues across the housing sector. Since 2017, the Hackett Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety has investigated shortcomings in safety regulations and provided recommendations alongside findings from the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Now, in 2021, we are awaiting the Draft Building Safety Bill and the Draft Fire Safety Bill to come into law imminently.
The Building Safety Bill and Fire Safety Bill will result in the biggest changes in building safety for a generation. In January 2020, the government announced the creation of a new Building Safety Regulator. This was followed in March 2020 by the Fire Safety Bill, with implications for the social housing sector costing up to £10billion if all new regulations are to be introduced. The Fire Safety Bill will result in new requirements for building owners including regular inspections of lifts, ensuring evacuation plans are regularly reviewed and updated and fire and rescues services holding building owners to account for safety failures.
The Government also committed to providing £1billion to remove and replace non-ACM cladding material from high-rise residential blocks. In December 2020, the government announced a £30million Waking Watch Relief Fund to pay for the costs of installing alarm systems in buildings with unsafe cladding. Most recently, in February 2021, the government announced £3.5bn of funding to remove unsafe cladding from England’s high-rises as well as loans for owners of lower rise blocks to ensure they never have to pay more than £50 a month for them. The government had committed to a new levy on developers for future high rises to cover the cost of grants and a new tax on residential property development from 2022.
In July 2020, the Building Safety Bill was published, ensuring that those responsible for the safety of residents are accountable for any mistakes and must put them right. It included the introduction of a building safety regulator which will have increased sanction to ensure people follow the new regulations. Other key guidance from the bill includes the appointment of building safety managers and driving improvements for professional standards across the sector.
With these two bills marking significant changes in legislation and regulations for the housing sector, there is a need for collaboration between housing associations, local authorities, and central government. It is crucial for the sector to work together to develop a good understanding of these new measures to implement them and ensure the long-term safety of housing and its residents.
Welcome to the Building and Fire Safety in Housing Conference 2021. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.
Some of the key themes and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include:
- Updates from the Building Safety Bill and Fire Safety Bill
- Discovering the roles and responsibilities for Building Safety Managers
- Understanding how to ensure competency in building safety
With live events back, we will be kicking off the Forum with interactive icebreakers.
This session will allow you to get to know colleagues from across the sector and explore your key learning objectives for the day.
Expect lots of interaction and an opportunity to restart your face-to-face networking experience.
- Outlining the announcement of the Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Bill and the implications for your organisations
- Discussing the Government’s Response to Hackitt Review and the proposed reform of building safety, including a new duty holder regime and a more effective regulatory and accountability framework
- Clarifying the ‘grey areas’ under fire safety legislation and responsibilities
- Outlining the role of the Health and Safety Executive in establishing a new building safety regulator in line with the recommendations of the Building a Safer Future report
- Highlighting how the new regulator will oversee the safe design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings to ensure safety of residents
- Sharing how the building safety regulator will promote competence among industry professionals and look to raise standards
- Outlining the key findings of the RSH’s 2021 Sector Risk Profile
- Highlighting the risk posed to social housing by building safety, and the need for providers to invest to respond to changing standards
- Examining the role of Boards in ensuring that social housing meets statutory health and safety requirements, regardless of whether providers are carrying out these checks directly
During this discussion, panellists will discuss strategies for effectively engaging and communicating with residents. Highlighting the importance of developing good relationships and communication channels with residents to ensure they fully understand all relevant new building and fire safety regulations.
Throughout this session delegates will also be encouraged to put forward their common challenges for the panel to discuss potential solutions that their peers can learn from.
- Discussing the most effective ways to engage and communicate with residents, to ensure they are kept informed about the latest fire and building safety measures
- Understanding the role of the building safety manager in supporting residents and sharing information between them and key stakeholders
- Outlining effective methods of communicating with residents, including social media, posters, flyers and letters
- Highlighting how communication with residents will be a vital part of ensuring safety going forward
Hear from BIM4Housing associations as they share key insights and learning outcomes about how they have managed building safety risks in partnership with other housing associations by using digital modelling.
- Learn how BIM4Housing has collaborated with other housing association to encourage social landlords to introduce digital systems to ensure building safety
- Learn how digital asset management processes can help you meet new requirements for building safety
- Learn how to use the right information from the development process and work together with construction professionals to support building safety
- Learn how to effectively use Building Information Modelling (BIM) to improve building safety
Hear from Building a Safer Future as they share key insights on the Building a Safer Future Charter, which was developed by the Early Adopters ahead of wide sweeping reforms in the rest of the housing sector. The Charter was established to promote an urgent culture change in the built-environment to help ensure that buildings are safe for those living and working in them and to protect life by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities.
- Understand how to create cultural and behavioural change to ensure that building and fire safety is at the centre of housing design and building,
- Learn how to help the public to regain confidence and trust in the sector and the safety of housing
- Learn how improving leadership and culture can help to reduce risk profile in housing, through independent verification and the sharing best practice
- Understand how housing leadership and the sector can monitor improvements to ensure that they are taking place
- Exploring the latest status of the Building Safety and the next steps in its implementation
- Outlining the impacts of this new legislation on building regulations and how it will ensure safety of residents in their homes
- Understanding what the Building Safety Bill really means for the sector and your organisation
- Outlining and understanding the role of building safety managers, the new regulator and new registration requirements and assessing their impact on the profession
*Programme Subject to Change
This forum is specifically designed for the housing and local government sector but it is also open to the wider public and private sectors to encourage debate and networking.
- Heads of Housing Management
- Maintenance Managers
- Building Safety Managers
- Asset & Compliance Managers
- Fire Safety Managers
- Development Directors
- Chief Executives
- Building Surveyors
- Health and Safety Officers
- Housing Standards Leads
- Voluntary Sector Rate (Large Charities - Over £1m Income)£325 + VAT
- Voluntary Sector Rate (Small Charities- Under £1m Income)£275 + VAT
- Public Sector Rate (Local & Central Gov/ Housing)£395 + VAT
- Private Sector Rate£595 + VAT