Building Safety Bill

Filling the building information gap

Filling the building information gap

Filling the building information Gap

"Failing to adequately prepare for the impending requirements of the Building Safety Bill will have significant consequences for those that are called to account by the New Building Safety Regulator. This is where TÜV SÜD Building Advisory Service can be of assistance with our newly developed Building Asset Portal, which helps those responsible for high rise residential buildings consolidate all their asset data in one central digital repository."

Paul McDevitt

Divisional Director, TÜV SÜD Building Advisory Service

 ‎Monday, 7 February 2022

The Grenfell Tower tragedy exposed serious failings across the entire supply chain involved in the construction and management of high-rise residential buildings. The construction sector is therefore under pressure to meet increasingly stringent safety, quality and sustainability regulations throughout a building’s lifetime - design construction, maintenance, refurbishment and decommissioning. This includes the UK’s Draft Building Safety Bill, which introduces significant regulatory reforms of safety requirements for high-rise buildings, building products and fire systems. This draft bill could be passed into law by the end of 2022 or early 2023. So, the pressure is on to become compliant.

The new regulations will require a “golden thread of information be created and maintained” - essentially an accurate and up-to-date, digital record of building data - it details how a building was designed, built and maintained through its lifetime, keeping a record of decisions made that creates a distinct trail of accountability to support building safety.

Building owners need to ensure they integrate all data relating to an asset’s lifecycle, especially building safety information. This will help you to make fully informed decisions relating to asset quality, safety and sustainability criteria. It will also assist you to develop robust strategies relating to future improvements, and achieve compliance with the latest regulatory requirements.

The cost of pulling the golden thread together could be particularly expensive for organisations with multiple tower blocks. When faced with decades of unstructured or unavailable data relating to a building, most of which sits on legacy IT systems that cannot be accessed or integrated with newer systems - where do building owners start in order to meet these new requirements and achieve a compliant golden thread of information?

TÜV SÜD’s Building Advisory Service has conducted extensive research into the readiness of the owners/operators of high-rise residential buildings in the UK. Our research has shown that many of the larger organisations are aware and starting to prepare. Many of the medium-sized organisations are aware but are yet to properly prepare. Nearly all of the smaller organisations remain blissfully unaware or are waiting to be told what to do. Failing to adequately prepare for the impending requirements of the Building Safety Bill will have significant consequences for those that are called to account by the New Building Safety Regulator.

This is where TÜV SÜD Building Advisory Service can be of assistance. Our newly developed Building Asset Portal, helps those responsible for high rise residential buildings consolidate all their asset data in one central digital repository, that is secure, easy to operate and integrates all safety, quality and sustainability data. Thus, making it easier to create the golden thread of information. Using the Building Asset Portal will reduce risks, ensure compliance, save money and improve productivity.

TÜV SÜD’s technical experts will help client’s effectively process map their existing building asset data, thus ensuring that only data that adds value is transferred on to the Portal. We will also support you to manage all your asset data on a day-to-day basis. This ensures that relevant stakeholders get access to the data they need, when they need it and in a format that they can use. Our technical expertise will also help you analyse the data, which will create valuable insights that enable you to make informed decisions.

Don’t wait for the Building Safety Bill to become law. Act now by contacting TÜV SÜD Building Advisory Service to find out how our unique Building Asset Portal can transform the way you collect, store, manage and analyse your building asset data.

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