An independent review of building regulations and fire safety has been announced by the government, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
It will look at current building regulations and fire safety, focusing on high-rise residential buildings.
It will be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, of the Manufacturers’ Organisation.
It comes as 82 buildings have been found not to meet current building regulations.
They are fitted with combinations of cladding and insulation similar to that which has which failed the latest government fire tests.
Forty-seven of them are local authority or housing association-owned or managed.
The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June killed at least 80 people.
The review will report report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
It will examine:
- the regulatory system around the design, construction and on-going management of buildings in relation to fire safety
- compliance and enforcement issues
- international regulation and experience in this area
Mr Javid said building regulations and fire safety needed to be looked at “urgently”.
He added: “This independent review will ensure we can swiftly make any necessary improvements. Government is determined to make sure that we learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire and to ensure nothing like it can happen again.”
As part of the review, Dame Judith will consult the buildings regulations advisory committee – which advises the government on changes to building regulations – as well as the construction and housing industry, the fire sector, international experts, MPs and the public.
Dame Judith said: “I am keen to engage widely with industry and the public to inform the recommendations from the review. I want the recommendations to lead to any necessary improvements in the system being made.”
Terms of reference for this independent review will be published in summer 2017, once the terms of reference for the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry have been agreed.
An interim report is expected before the end of the year and a final report should be published no later than spring 2018.
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