This hub aims to bring together all the latest information around building, fire and life safety so that members engaged in these sectors can find the news updates, guidance, resources and details of changes to legislation they need, all in one place.
On 24 November the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee published their report following their pre-legislative inquiry of the Draft Building Safety Bill. IWFM was quoted several times in the report, whose recommendations chimed with our submission to the inquiry, particularly around the new Building Safety Manager role. For further details of the Bill see the ‘Legislation – forthcoming’ section below.
On 5 October 2020, another milestone was reached in the development of the new building safety regime with the publication of the Competence Steering Group’s final report, Setting the Bar. At the same time, the competency framework for the statutory new Building Safety Manager role created by the Group’s Working Group 8, was also published. To read more on how these developments will change the role of FMs and on IWFM’s leading contribution to this work click here.
On that same day, the International Fire Safety Standards coalition (IFSS), published its first version of its Common Principles. The document sets out to provide fire safety guidance which is universally applicable across all stages of the building life cycle and can be used by governments, statutory bodies, communities and individuals across the world. More information about the work of the IFSS can be found below.
The Common Principles have been presented to the United Nations (UN) with a view to them being accepted as a UN standard. Next year also marks the start of the UN’s Decade of Action for Fire Safety.
Some observers have felt that the journey to amending building safety following the Grenfell fire has been unnecessarily slow. Here we highlight the key points along the way, including the current status of proposed changes and, to help members prepare in advance, the anticipated key future dates.
See a large scale of the timeline here. An interactive version will be available soon.
Here members can also find IWFM’s submissions to government consultations and a timeline of policy and legislation developments over the last three years.
In this section our aim is to support members in approaching and managing the impacts of the changes that are being implemented in the building, fire and life safety sector. Government has already indicated the reforms it intends to implement, including creating new statutory roles and responsibilities for those who own and manage buildings. These changes will require not just significant financial investment to ensure building compliance, but also substantial time and resources to develop the skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours needed to ensure this is carried out.
In addition to provide written responses to a series of reports and consultation, IWFM has fed into the work of the Competence Steering Group (CSG), a sub-group of the IRG focused with the industry coordination to the challenge Dame Judith Hackitt set in her Independent Review. The Construction Industry Council chaired the Steering Group, of which IWFM was a participant.
Since July 2018, IWFM provided the Secretariat for the CSG’s Working Group 8 (See below) which has developed the competence framework for the Building Safety Manager - a new function incorporated in the draft Building Safety Bill - who would be responsible for the day-to-day management of a building and act as a point of contact for its residents. This role is an exciting development for the world of workplace and facilities management professionals as it will become the first statutory role in our world, recognising the critical importance of managing buildings.
A collection of the most recent IWFM news items tracing developments in policy and legislation on all aspects of fire safety. Plus, expert opinions and views on how these changes will affect workplace and FM professionals in the future.
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