Firms to be Saddled with Costs of Improving Competence

31 Aug 2019

Published in: Building, August 2019

Price of buildings likely to rise to pay for regulation and oversight of competence frameworks

One of the key figures behind a 150-page report into how to improve competence in the industry has admitted the proposals will see firms saddled with extra costs.

The Competency Steering Group’s (CSG) interim report, Raising the Bar, published earlier this month, made 67 recommendations as part of a plan to establish a new building safety competence committee and come up with competence frameworks to apply to all those working on high-risk residential buildings.

It set out proposals for regulating the competence of 12 separate roles in the construction of high-risk residential buildings – including engineers, product installers and fire consultants – by respective trade bodies.

Jenny Burridge, head of structural engineering at the Concrete Centre, added. “Carrying out all the required checks would hit members in the pocket. Verification is going to take money and time,”.

The report, which is out to consultation until 18 October, was put together by the CSG in response to the call in Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building safety regulations to improve the level of industry skills and knowledge.

By Joey Gardiner

Contributor - Jenny Burridge, head of structural engineer at The Concrete Centre