The Building Safety Act has come into effect, bringing stricter and more defined regulations for the construction industry. It aims to ensure that building fire safety is the top priority and it sets out clear responsibilities for fire risk assessment throughout the lifetime of the building.

The Act introduces new design and construction requirements that apply to high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, and care homes of at least 18 metres or seven storeys.

These measures ensure there are clearly identifi ed people who are responsible for safety during the design, build, and occupation of high-rise residential buildings. It establishes a Building Safety Regulator to hold those who break the rules accountable and gives residents and users more avenues to raise concerns and be heard. Ultimately, the goal is to drive the culture change needed to ensure design and construction safety within the industry.

Continue reading to find out how contractors can stay on top of fire safety challenges, finding the right solution and where to go for, for sound and reliable advice.