Regulatory Guidance

LRWA are members of the Construction Products Association (CPA) and Build UK who work on behalf of the wider industry representing manufacturers and contractors as a collective at government level. Both bodies collaborate with key stakeholders and produce guidance on how to comply with the ever changing regulations.
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The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was announced by government following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and was led by Dame Judith Hackitt.  Its purpose was to make recommendations that will ensure:

  • a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future
  • residents feel that the buildings they live in are safe and remain so

It examined building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement with the focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings.  A report was published in May 2018.

In the wake of the Grenfell tower fire, the construction industry has been set the challenge of radical and fundamental transformation. The Industry Response Group (IRG) was formed to work alongside government in coordinating and implementing those changes. The Hackitt Report identified that the construction regulatory system was unfit for purpose and outlined proposals for regulatory reform and how industry needed to change the principles on how it operated.  The Building Safety Act 2022 will enforce the requirements for keeping vital, up-to-date safety information about how a building has been designed, built and managed.

BUILD UK have developed a comprehensive guide to the building safety regime to ensure all members are aware of their responsibilities.  This document is regularly updated and gives a fantastic overview of the key points.

In response to chapter 5 of the Hackitt Report, the Industry Response Group set up the Steering Group on Competence for Building a Safer Future.  This group brings together more than 150 organisations from across the construction, built environment, fire safety and owner/manager sectors competence of those procuring, designing, constructing, inspecting, assessing, managing and maintaining buildings.

As part of the work of the Competence Steering Group, Working Group 12 – Construction Products Competence led by Construction Products Association (CPA) presents an innovative white paper, which proposes the built environment industry unite behind a single approach to construction product competence.

The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) will help organisations drive higher standards in the presentation of construction product information, prioritising building safety. 

Whether written in a brochure, a presentation, on a website or social media, the CCPI will help to provide greater confidence for users of product information when making decisions about specifying or installing their verified products. 

The UK has now left the European Union and the Single Market and has established its own system for testing construction products and undertaking conformity assessment. 

It is still mandatory for manufacturers to draw up a Declaration of Performance with the preferred option to apply the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) marking for products covered by a UK Designated standard (formerly a European harmonised standard), however CE marking is still acceptable until 30th June 2025.

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