Building Safety Bill Passes

The Building Safety Bill is intended to change the way residential buildings are constructed and maintained in the UK following the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster while protecting the rights of leaseholders.

The new Building Safety Act 2022 has received Royal Assent and become law.  Peter Caplehorn, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association, said:  “We welcome passage of the Building Safety Bill, as it demonstrates the government’s progress in meeting the ambitions and recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building and fire regulations.  While there is much here we still are studying, in general, we agree with the objectives and good outcomes it seeks to deliver.

“The overhaul is potentially sweeping; however, as this is only the primary legislation, the secondary legislation and guidance will be crucial.  We are already following closely the establishment of the National Regulator for Construction Products; this will now take us to the next step in creating a new product arena.  We are particularly interested in learning details about plans defects liability, as well as the regulatory framework and Building Safety Regulator, all of which will have a massive impact on industry’s culture and practices.”


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