More than 10,000 viewpoints were collected during the 15-week consultation – entitled Construction Prod-uct Assessment Relating to Higher Risk Residential Buildings – with product manufacturers and BBA certif-icate user groups representing architects, specifiers, warranty providers, insurers, construction managers, funders, building control, and regulators giving their opinions.
The initiative was launched to gather feedback on the role that building product certification plays in the safe construction and refurbishment of HRRBs, the BBA’s proposal of creating an ‘Agrément Plus’ certifica-tion scheme to deal specifically with HRRB safety requirements and to explore wider issues.
“Risks from poor workmanship and unchecked value engineering were on our radar to investigate” said BBA Technical Director Prof Bill Hewlett, “but the strength of feeling about them came as a surprise and is an important finding,”
The consultation reinforced the very clear message that responsibility for safety in the built environment lies with everyone throughout the supply chain, build process and onwards. This is not new information, it ech-oes the principles of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Golden Thread. However, manufacturers, trade associations and user groups the BBA spoke with felt they were shouldering their responsibilities but expressed con-cerns for the domestic RMI sector, pointing out that on-site control is often not practical to independently verify and that design detailing needs close attention. “These questions of workmanship control and uncon-trolled value engineering warrant industry leadership attention, and clearly a focus on domestic RMI is called for,” added Prof Hewlett.