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CIBSE Praises Publication of New Regulations for Higher Risk Buildings

CIBSE Praises Publication of New Regulations for Higher Risk Buildings
22 August 2023

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has welcomed the publication of major changes to building regulations.

These changes will enable further elements of the Building Safety Act to be fully implemented in England on 1 October 2023.

Building Regulations (Amendments etc) (England) Regulations 2023 introduce new dutyholder and competence requirements for both practitioners and clients. Part 2A includes 17 new regulations covering the duties, competence and behaviour of clients, designers and contractors. Part 2A also creates the new roles and duties of the principal designer and contractor which apply to all buildings.

For those responsible for managing an occupied Higher Risk Building (HRB) or for managing building work in or creating a new HRB, there are two new sets of regulations. The Building (Higher-Risk Buildings Procedures) (England) Regulations 2023 and the Higher-Risk Buildings (Management of Safety Risks etc) (England) Regulations 2023 cover aspects of the operational management of all HRBs in occupation.

The regulations revise the rules for the deposit of plans and further embed energy-related procedures into UK law. They also strengthen Regulation 38 on the provision of fire safety information, which applies to all building work.

CIBSE is holding an event on 28 September 2028 which will set out the new requirements of the building regulations and details of the Golden Thread and Key Building Information that will apply to accountable persons for an HRB. For further details and to register, click here.

Picture: a photograph of a building site where high-rise tower blocks are being built. Large cranes and scaffolding can. be seen. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 22 August 2023


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