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The Building Safety Act 2022

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In a significant stride toward ensuring the safety of high-rise buildings, the Building Safety Act 2022 has been enacted, marking a watershed moment in construction and building management. This groundbreaking legislation, which comes into effect this year, aims to address the systemic issues that have plagued the construction industry and improve the safety of residential high-rise buildings across the nation.

The scope of the Building Safety Act 2022 is comprehensive, encompassing a wide range of provisions to enhance building safety. One of the key components of the legislation is the mandatory occurrence of building safety assessments, focusing on fire and structural safety risks. These assessments will be required for residential buildings that are 18 meters (approximately 59 feet) or higher, a crucial threshold considering the unique challenges posed by high-rise structures. The Act also introduces measures to strengthen accountability throughout the building’s lifecycle, from design and construction to occupation and ongoing maintenance.

Central to the implementation of the Building Safety Act 2022 is the establishment of a new regulatory body – the Building Safety Regulator. This independent body will play a pivotal role in overseeing the safety and performance of high-rise buildings, ensuring that they meet the required standards. The regulator will have the authority to enforce compliance, investigate safety concerns, and hold those responsible for safety lapses accountable. This marks a departure from the previous regulatory landscape, providing a dedicated and focused approach to building safety oversight.

The Building Safety Regulator will work collaboratively with industry professionals, local authorities, and residents to establish a more transparent and accountable system. The regulator’s mandate extends to providing guidance and support to those involved in the construction and management of high-rise buildings, fostering a culture of continuous improvement in safety standards. With its far-reaching powers and resources, the regulator is poised to instigate a fundamental shift in the way high-rise buildings are constructed, maintained, and monitored.

As the Building Safety Act 2022 takes effect, it heralds a new era for the construction industry, prioritizing the safety of occupants and restoring public confidence in high-rise buildings. The legislation and the accompanying regulatory framework are expected to drive a culture of accountability, transparency, and continuous improvement in building safety, making strides toward a safer and more resilient built environment.

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FCS-live is a leading Fire Safety consultancy where fire safety is more than just compliance. For over 17 years, FCS-live have supported a diverse range of clients with Fire Risk Assessments, smart FRA software, Fire Engineering, Consultancy and bespoke Fire Information Plans. FCS-live’s mission is to support the management of fire safety every day to ultimately make buildings safer nationwide.

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Ross Braidley

As Managing Director of FCS-live, Ross is committed to ensuring competency and quality throughout the company’s services.

With experience in a wide range of buildings Ross is a third-party registered Fire Risk Assessor under the IFE Fire Risk Assessors Register, the IFSM Tier 3 Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register and is also a nominated validator under the BAFE SP205 scheme.

Ross is a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) Fire Risk Assessment Council.

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