Wednesday 25 May
Building Safety Act: Navigating gateways two and three
The Building Safety Act will introduce “gateways” to make sure that careful consideration is given to the regulatory requirements at each stage of a building’s design and construction. There three gateways, must be passed at different stages of a development. Gateway 1 is at the planning stage, 2 will be prior to building works commence, and 3 at completion and which will make sure that a development is complying with the applicable building regulations.
While Gateway 1 has been a requirement since last August, Gateways 2 and 3 will come into force in the next 12 to 18 months. In this session, hear from industry experts as they discuss what the different gateways mean to firms working on projects, what companies will need to do to fulfil the regulatory requirements and what the greatest challenges are likely to be.
Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Dr. Holy Liang
Fire & life safety director
What does the new cladding regime mean for the housing industry?
Government has confirmed it will bring forward a new levy aimed at raising £3bn over the next decade to pay for improvement works on buildings of more than 11m, where the original developers cannot be traced. The levy will be raised on planning approval of all new residential buildings and comes despite the industry’s largest players agreeing to repair their own buildings, going back 30 years, without recourse to government funds – at a cost of at least £2bn. The government has also recently introduced a separate Residential Property Developer Tax, which is designed to raise between £2bn-3bn to pay for the Building Safety Fund which funds remediation of blocks of more than 18m in height.
In this session hear from industry experts as they discuss the ramifications of the latest changes and what they mean for the industry as a whole. The panel will explore issues including the financial impact, challenges to supply of new properties, the practicalities of remediation and what that means for the broader supply chain.
Chair: Joey Gardiner
Head of housing and planning policy
Trowers & Hamlin
Head of Make UK Modular
Thursday 26 May
What does the UK’s product testing sector need to do to become fit for purpose?
The government is planning to replace the existing CE mark – used across Europe since 1985 to show that a product complies with health and safety standards – with a UK-only system, the UKCA mark from the start of next year. The problem is that products need to be retested in the UK to qualify for the UKCA mark.
For some products including glass, radiators and sealants, the testing capacity is either extremely limited, or does not exist at all, which was not a problem under CE rules because products could be tested at centres across Europe and the testing sector is still awaiting a government decision on whether products can only be tested in the UK or can be tested abroad under new rules set to come into force on 1 January next year.
In this interview discussion with Construction Products Association chief executive Peter Caplehorn hear about the challenges the new product testing regime presents the construction industry, what the sector needs to be able to deliver to develop capacity and the role the sector needs government to play.
Chair: Thomas Lane
Group technical editor
Assemble Media Group
Construction Products Association
Webinar: Embedding the Golden Thread into construction processes
While Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report, Building a Safer Future, recommended that all high risk residential buildings should have a “Golden Thread of information” there is a question around how this can be successfully embedded into construction processes across the supply chain and a range of projects.
In this session hear from experts from across the supply chain as they discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by embedding the Golden Thread into their projects from both an individual firm and industry perspective. They will also explore the blockers to proper implementation and the practical steps both individual businesses and the industry as a whole.