The Timber Trade Federation has taken the positive step of becoming a Registered Signatory to the Building a Safer Future Charter. The BSF Charter is a proactive response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future Review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Charter is administered by a not-for-profit independent organisation, set up to encourage collaboration, drive change, and ultimately to transform the culture around building safety.
Becoming a signatory to the BSF Charter underlines the TTF’s commitment to product safety, accurate product information (through our active engagement with the Code for Construction Product Information), and standards of Competence, (through our involvement the post-Grenfell Working Group 12, Construction Products Competence).
The community of Charter signatories, which can be found here, is committed to putting people’s safety first through a series of five Charter Commitments.
Commitment 1 – Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector.
Commitment 2 – 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.
Commitment 3 – 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.
Commitment 4 – Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision making process.
Commitment 5 – 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.
“The TTF is pleased to become a Registered Signatory of the Building a Safer Future Charter. We recognise that becoming a Registered Signatory is an important first step towards achieving the culture and behavioural change required in relation to the Charter’s objectives around building safety. In confirming our support as a Registered Signatory, we will now be working to ensure that we embed the principles of the Charter into our organisation’s and our sector’s activities.
“As the TTF and TRADA move further towards integration under the banner of Timber Development UK, which will bring suppliers and specifiers under the same body, we will be in a authoritative position to enact our Commitments under the Charter, particularly in collaborating to spearhead culture change and become the voice of building safety across our sector. We will also be able to play a central role in providing the key information and resources need to achieve and maintain building safety,” David Hopkins says.
TTF members and others in the construction supply chain can find out more about becoming a Registered Signatory to the BSF Charter here. Corporate Supporters and Individual Supporters are also welcomed.
The Timber Trade Federation has been working to improve the accuracy of information exchanged about timber and wood products, from the correct and safe description of plywoods to flame-retardant timber treatments, and preservative treatments for softwoods, to its renowned due diligence system and its work with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office communicating around legally-harvested and sustainably grown tropical timbers and their appropriate uses in construction and interiors.