Charter in Action

How we are fulfilling the Building Safety Charter commitments

It is important that the Charter is not just a piece of paper that we sign, but a change in approach to ensure that building safety comes first. Across the Early Adopters Group, we have already been taking steps to do this.

Examples of things that the Early Adopters are doing are included under each of the five Charter headings below.

Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector

  • Creating a culture where everyone involved in the design, construction and occupation of a building feels able to raise concerns – with transparency and accountability the priority
  • Making building safety a collective aim for industry, so that companies across the sector challenge each other, share best practice and share lessons learned to continually improve the safety of buildings for residents
  • Pre-empting the implementation of building safety reforms, testing and trialling proposals and sharing the results so that regulation is fit for purpose and proactively taking the lead to continually improve building safety in the future

Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information with residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful and accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process

  • Create Building Safety Records to provide key building safety information for residents
  • Making the best use of digital technologies to ensure key building information is recorded and retained
  • Use of social media to keep residents informed as to what is happening and where they can access more information

Make safety a key factor of choice in who we work with, ensuring that building safety is placed at the centre of selection decisions without compromising quality or value for money

  • Ensure that supply chain partners are similarly committed to improving building safety are working towards signing the Building Safety Charter
  • Ensure clear competence requirements for all companies and people working on high-rise buildings
  • Moving towards a ‘digital by default’ approach to working with supply chain partners to ensure that we can create a digital record for new buildings that can be passed in to operation

Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision making process

  • Establish a single accountable person for each building who residents can contact with queries and concerns
  • Ensure that meaningful consultation with residents is undertaken before any material changes to their buildings
  • An open and no blame reporting and feedback process to allow opportunities for improvements in safety to be captured

Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within our organisation and with our partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building during design, construction and occupation understands their role and has the time and
resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety

  • A board level commitment to putting building safety first
  • Clear roles and responsibilities within teams and with supply chain, including building in good quality assurance to ensure a good outcome
  • Investing in training and continuing professional development – both within the company and with supply chain partners