Government announces creation of new National Construction Products Regulator, 19th January 2021.
The role of the new National Construction Products Regulator is to make certain building materials are safe for use in the construction of homes as Grenfell Inquiry into the high-rise residential tower block cladding fire scandal reveals manufacturers ignored safety rules, and to address the systemic failings within the construction industry identified by the Hackitt Review.
External Wall Insulation (EWI) Cladding Fire
Fig1. EWI Multi-Storey Fire Test
Fig2. EWI Cladding Fire
The National Construction Products Regulator will have the authority to remove any product from the market that presents a significant safety risk and to prosecute any companies that disregards the rules on product safety.
Businesses must make certain that their construction materials, components, products, system designs, etc not only comply will all related (national and European) test requirements and, when installed, that they are also safe and fit-for-purpose and meet all relevant safety standards in practice.
External Wall Insulation (EWI) Cladding Collapse
Fig1. EWI – High-Rise
Fig2. EWI – Low-Rise
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government,
The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, stated:
“The Grenfell Inquiry has heard deeply disturbing allegations of malpractice by some construction product manufacturers and their employees, and of the weaknesses of the present product testing regime.”
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets),
The Rt Hon Paul Scully MP, stated:
“We all remember the tragic scenes at Grenfell Tower, and the entirely justified anger which so many of us in London and throughout the UK continue to feel at the failings it exposed. This must never happen again, which is why we are launching a new national regulator for construction materials, …..”
The National Construction Products Regulator will work with the existing Building Safety Regulator and Trading Standards and will work within the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) in the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
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New regulator established to ensure construction materials are safe