02 October 2023

Last amended on
28 February 2024

The new building safety regime is now here. The Building Safety Act and associated secondary legislation has changed the way the industry design and constructs buildings. Key publications and associated industry guidance are listed below:

1. Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report

The review’s final report which was commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire to make recommendations on the future regulatory system.

2. Building Safety Act 2022

The Building Safety Act, which was granted Royal Assent on 28 April 2022

3. The Building Safety Act – Government Guidance

‘What it means’ guidance, links to relevant documents and secondary legislation consultation

4. The Higher-Risk Buildings (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2023

Further legislation applying to higher-risk buildings

5. Duty holder competencies

Duty holder competencies have been defined in a series of open British Standards

6. Building Regulations Advisory Committee: golden thread report

An overview of the development of golden thread policy, and how it has been progressed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, working with the Health and Safety Executive, supported by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee golden thread working group.

7. Independent Review of the Construction Product Testing Regime

Documents relating to the independent review led by Paul Morrell OBE and Anneliese Day KC.

8. Office for Product Safety and Standards – Alerts, Reports and Recalls

Information on OPSS product safety alerts, reports and recalls for unsafe products and resources for consumers, businesses and regulators.

9. HSE Overview of the new regime

Overview of the new regime that principal designers, principal contractors, and clients must follow when designing and constructing higher-risk buildings.

10. HSE - Design and building work: meeting building requirements

What architects need to know regarding the new building regulations, new duty holder roles and associated duties.

11. RIBA guidance

What architects need to know regarding the new building regulations, new duty holder roles and associated duties.

12. Build UK guidance

Guidance for contractors and clients

13. CIBSE guidance

Guidance for building services engineers

14. IStructE guidance

Guidance for structure engineers

15. RIBA Principal Designer's Guide

Companion guide that provides practitioners with the required knowledge regarding the Principal Designer role as it relates to the Building Safety Act.

Further reading