The Construction Products Association’s Chief Executive, Peter Caplehorn, has responded to the publication of the draft Building Safety Bill yesterday. He commented: “This is a significant moment for the construction industry which sets out a legal framework for reforms that will impact the entire supply chain, including manufacturers. The industry and public has been awaiting this primary legislation since the government gave its backing to the principles and recommendations of the Dame Judith Hackitt Review. The Act’s commitment to a Building Safety Regulator with powers to oversee and enforce a new, more rigorous building safety system, as well as and a new regulatory regime for construction products, gives the construction industry a clear sense that change is coming.
“I’m confident that product manufacturers are well prepared for the changes ahead. The CPA and its members have been engaged in a huge amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work since the publication of the Hackitt Review, helping to drive culture change in the industry around competence and compliance. This anticipatory preparation will serve industry well as the government consults on these legislative and regulatory changes. The CPA and its members will be paying close attention to the Bill’s details, particularly around the new national regulator for construction products and changes to the Building Act. We will actively engage and consult to make sure manufacturers play their part in ensuring the safety of residents in higher risk buildings.”
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