New Guidance For Building Designers

New Guidance For Building Designers

Those who commission building work and who participate in the design and construction process must take responsibility for ensuring building safety is carefully considered throughout the project.

This is explained in Duty holders, one of a series of factsheets made available by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) which can all be found at www.gov.uk.

It highlights that Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety identified that the current system of building regulations and fire safety was not fit for purpose and that a culture change
was required to support the delivery of buildings that were safe.

The duty holders concerned are the client, the principal designer, the principal contractor, designers and contractors.

Other factsheets included in this set cover: the building control regime for higher-risk buildings; the role of the Building Safety Regulator; Accountable Persons; and the Building Safety Levy.

The Golden Thread factsheet describes a requirement, as part of the more stringent regulatory regime, to create and maintain a “golden thread” of information.

This concerns both the information about a building that allows someone to understand the building and keep it safe and the information management to ensure the information is accurate, easily understandable, can be accessed by those who need it and is up to date.

“Implementation of the golden thread will require individuals and organisations responsible for a building to have good information management”

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