Government officials have started preparing for a ‘major’ review of the Building Regulations in England, according to the BBC
According to Newsnight, civil servants have been startled by how the regulations have been interpreted by those in the building industry – although there is still doubt about whether the main issue is Approved Document B on fire safety or the regulations’ enforcement.
It is also unclear when the government review of the Building Regulations will be officially announced, said Newsnight.
Earlier this week, New Scotland Yard said it believed the death toll from the Grenfell Tower fire would remain at around 80, and that about 350 people were in the building when the fire broke out.
A spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) told the AJ that it would make an announcement soon regarding the building regulatory system.
The AJ understands that the DCLG is assessing why and how non-compliant cladding has been used in buildings across the UK, and it will make an announcement about the building regulatory system shortly.
As of this morning [14 July], cladding from 228 high-rise buildings across 48 local authorities - and nine other areas in the UK - has failed combustibility tests conducted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on behalf of the government.
Cladding samples from around 600 high-rise buildings across the UK are expected to be tested by the BRE on behalf of the government.
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