Ban private building control from high rise inspections, says Hackitt

Grenfell tower

Final report recommends new approval body for buildings over 10 storeys - but no ban on flammable materials

The RIBA’s calls for combustible cladding materials to be banned from the construction of tall buildings has been rejected by Dame Judith Hackitt in her report published this morning.

The review of fire safety rules, undertaken in the wake of Grenfell tower disaster, has proposed the creation of “less prescriptive” regulation and cutting out private-sector Approved Inspectors from performing building control on high-rise buildings.

Hackitt’s final report recommends the creation of a new organisation, made up of Local Authority Building Control (LABC), Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to oversee the approval and regulation of buildings higher than 10-storeys.

It also appears to be proposing greater responsibility for the principal designer through CDM regulations.

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