Statement on Grenfell Tower from the Building Control Alliance (BCA) representing The Building Control sector and DCLG observers
Local Authority Building Control, private sector Approved Inspectors, Chartered Institute of Building, Chartered Association of Building Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
All those working in building control have been deeply shocked by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower and the terrible unexpected extent of the fire raises fundamental questions for all professionals. Our hearts go out to the residents, the bereaved and everyone else involved in the event and aftermath.
Initially, our focus has been on industry-wide cooperation to identify other buildings that could be at risk and need investigation. This has been happening rapidly and with information being gathered and shared from many different sources.
Information and guidance are also being shared on rain shield external wall treatments using aluminium composite material (ACM) panels. Urgent discussions are being held and individual local authorities, housing associations, property owners, building control bodies and other professional advisors are making physical inspections of high-rise buildings that are thought to be high risk and
As inquiries and findings are released, local authority building control and approved inspectors will take a very active part in any review of the building regulations, processes and practices that are considered by DCLG and/or the Welsh Government.
Building Control is a critical process where construction is checked by highly skilled building surveyors to ensure buildings are safe, accessible, secure and thermally efficient by meeting government set Building Regulations.
Approved Inspectors are private sector companies and individuals that check your plans and carry-out site inspections to check compliance with the Building Regulations. Approved Inspectors can be used instead of the local authority.
Approved Inspectors are commercially aware and highly skilled surveyors that provide a proactive and customer focused building control service for all types of project across England and Wales.
The Building Control Performance Standard are a set of performance standards for all building control bodies, both local authorities and Approved Inspectors, to help them deliver a comprehensive and consistent service in carrying out their statutory building control functions.read more
CICAIR Ltd – the body designated by the Secretary of State in England and Welsh Ministers in Wales, maintains and operates the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register.read more
The Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) is an organisation that represents most private sector building control bodies registered as Approved Inspectors (AI’s).read more