David Sawtell has written an article for the University of Oxford’s ‘Housing after Grenfell’ blog on the Building Safety Act 2022’s impact on the design, construction and in-use operation of non-residential buildings.
David notes that fire safety has led to a number of disputes involving non-residential buildings, including hospitals and hotels. He describes how the Building Safety Act 2022 will impact on the design, construction and in-use operation of these buildings.
He outlines the new system of Building Control ‘gateways’ which will affect ‘higher-risk’ buildings.
One of the major impacts of the Building Safety Act 2022 is likely to be on the use of BIM, both as part of the pre-construction and construction phase, but also following handover, thanks to the new obligations in respect of the ‘golden thread’ of information.
In the future, we are also likely to see the adoption of a building industry ‘scheme’ to regulate which contractors can build certain types of structures.
David’s article can be found here.
David is part of the Fire Law Group at 39 Essex Chambers. A recording of their recent webinar on the Building Safety Act 2022 can be found here.