Signing up to safer building

Signing up to safer building

BLOG · BY TTF CEO DAVID HOPKINS · 24 May 2021

In a few weeks’ time, in our minds and hearts, we will all be marking the fourth anniversary of the appalling Grenfell Tower tragedy. In those four years, the construction sector has realised its collective failings and is addressing them, through defining competencies for those involved with construction products, pledging and providing accurate product information, and committing to putting people’s safety first at all stages of building creation and use. 

TTF for its part is actively engaged with all these agendas, on behalf of our members and as part of wider society. Today we announce that we have 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 post-Grenfell ‘Building a Safer Future Review’. The BSF 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.

The community of Charter signatories, members of which stretch from the housing sector and major contractors through to the construction products sector, is committed to putting people’s safety first through a series of five Charter Commitments. We encourage TTF members to find out more about the Charter and its commitments for themselves, and to make their own commitment as we approach the Grenfell anniversary.

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 on standards of Competence, through our involvement with Working Group 12, Construction Products Competence. These strategic threads are coming together at a time when the Building Safety Bill moves towards implementation; the independent review of product testing is established; and the new National Construction Products Regulator and Building Safety Regulator are created.

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 an 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.

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