Developed by the Future of Building Control Working Group, through the collaborative efforts of its eight member organisations from across the building control sector, the Future of building control report outlines 11 key recommendations for the future oversight and regulation of both the profession and building control bodies.
The group has produced proposals for regulation following discussion with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Reform of the building control sector is an important part of the MHCLG’s Building Safety Programme and responds to recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety relating to competence of the building control profession.
The 11 recommendations are a starting point for further dialogue with the UK government and the Building Safety Regulator about how to best protect the public interest by making sure the sector continues to improve competence among professionals and organisations.
Key recommendations include:
In addition to RICS, the group consists of the following organisations:
In a joint statement the group said:
"These recommendations are a potentially key part of the reform of the construction sector. They suggest a consistent plan to make sure building control professionals and the bodies they work for are competent and effective.
"We are all committed to working together to further improve the essential public protections building control delivers. These proposals will help everyone to have confidence building control is working, first and foremost, in the interest of their safety, welfare and in supporting development of an inclusive and sustainable built environment.
"We look forward to engaging more widely in the sector to discuss these recommendations. We are also keen to move to the next stage of dialogue with government and the Building Safety Regulator to work up proposals for reform in more detail."
The government has now published the draft version of the Building Safety Bill, and this will impact on the way future building control surveyors will have to be registered.
Related competencies include: Building control inspections, Fire safety