What industry figures want: Andy Jobling
Andy Jobling, technical manager, Levitt Bernstein
This consultation has correctly identified the difficulties faced by the building industry when Building Regulations are amended piecemeal. This often introduces conflicts between different parts of the regulations which are not updated synchronously.
The current proposal is to update the regulations on a three-year cycle. We welcome this, but would prefer a longer interval. If you consider that even a modest-sized project lasts three years, then architects would start every new project designing to a new set of Building Regulations.
There is growing opinion that Construction (Design Management) Regulations sit uncomfortably on their own and the Health and Safety Executive does not have the resources to enforce them. They could become another section of the Building Regulations – which, after all, arose entirely to control public health and safety in the built environment.