Rallying call for 100% Hackitt

Published:  01 November, 2018

Two major organisations are calling on the government to fully adopt the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

In her review, Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Hackitt made several recommendations to the construction industry, including more transparency and traceability in the building materials supply chain, and better clarity on roles and responsibilities when it comes to building safety. The review was commissioned following the Grenfell Tower fire last June.

the British Board of Agrement, the body that issues certificates for construction products, and Local Authority Building Control, which gives advice to help people comply with the building regulations, have launched an industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations in the Hackitt Review.

The two organisations have launched a new website, www.100-hackitt.co.uk, and produced pledge cards for supporters to sign up. They are pushing for a debate on the topic in the House of Commons.

Claire Curtis-Thomas, BBA Chief Executive, described the 100% Hackitt initiative as “the best thing for the British construction industry in a generation”. She added: "Dame Judith's review of building regulations and fire safety showed systemic change is required within our industry.

"Her report came with a warning that cherry-picking recommendations would compromise their overall effectiveness and it is this ‘pick and mix' approach that the BBA and LABC are urging the government to avoid, by accepting the recommendations in full.”

Her comments were echoed by Paul Everall, LABC Chief Executive, who said: "The LABC and the BBA share the same outlook and are determined to make a difference in our industry.

“But we're not waiting. We're getting on with building a safer future together - right now.

“The 100% Hackitt initiative is a space for everyone who wants to see systemic change in the construction industry and I hope the whole industry gets behind it."

Dame Judith attended the launch last week, delivering a keynote speech to a number of cross-party politicians, policy advisors and industry body representatives, telling them there was “massive need” for cultural change throughout the industry, with responsibilities clearly defined at every stage of a building's lifecycle.

She said: "Much remains to be done to bring the construction industry up to the standards of other industries in terms of accountability, transparency and record keeping.

"Don't tinker, don't tweak. It has to be fundamental."

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