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New government measures: Improving building safety standards

“The government is committed to bringing about the biggest change in building safety for a generation,” says Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

A regulator will be at the heart of a new regime, and established as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), overseeing the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings.

The regulator’s role will include publishing consolidated guidance for building owners. Other initiatives include a proposal to extend the cladding ban following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower and a consultation on fire sprinklers, proposing lowering the height threshold for these in new buildings. More widely, a Fire Safety Bill is set to be introduced to Parliament.

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