The RIBA has launched a consultation on a new document attempting to clarify procedures, roles and responsibilities for fire safety in new buildings
The institute’s Plan of Work for Fire Safety has been drawn up in response to Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned by the government in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Hackitt’s review called for ‘greater transparency, accountability and collaboration’ from industry. The proposed update effectively overlays the recommendations on to the existing process guidance.
RIBA director of practice Lucy Carmichael said: ‘The Plan of Work for Fire Safety is a vital resource for design and construction teams and building owners, providing much-needed clarity on fire-safety roles and responsibilities at every stage of the process.
‘We cannot wait for longer-term regulatory change to come into force; the construction industry needs immediate guidance.’
The RIBA document is accompanied by a process map showing best practice on who should take responsibility for delivering and overseeing fire safety at different stages of a building’s construction.
It calls for earlier involvement of building control, fire authorities, building managers and tenants.
Project team accountability would be enforced through new statutory duties based on the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 model.
Proposed review and sign-off procedures, and independent inspection, would also help to safeguard fire safe specification and detailing.
The draft document is open for consultation until 11 October 2018.
Riba plan of work for fire safety consultation document 2
Riba plan of work for fire safety consultation document 1