A Golden Thread of building information

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On the 20th of July 2020, the UK government issued the first draft of the Building Safety Bill.

The Bill responds to the independent review of building regulations and fire safety carried out by Dame Judith Hackitt following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Amongst other requirements for compliance, the bill includes provisions that will help create a Golden Thread of information. The intention of the clauses in the bill is to make sure the right people have the right information at the right time to ensure buildings are safe and building safety risks are managed throughout the building life cycle.

This information will be held digitally and ensures that the original design intent and any subsequent changes to the building are captured, preserved, and used to support safety improvements

For new builds, the duty-holders must start to collect this information during the design and construction process.

Once construction is complete, the information must be handed over to the accountable person. The accountable person is the duty-holder during the occupation and is responsible for registering the building and applying for a building insurance certificate.

Once a building is registered the accountable person must also apply to the Building Safety Regulator for a Building Assurance Certificate. The Building Safety Regulator will issue a Building Assurance Certificate if it is satisfied that the accountable person is complying with meeting the statutory obligations placed on them.

Existing buildings that are already occupied will also need to be registered and those of which are unoccupied at the introduction of the new regime will have to be registered by the point the building is occupied.

The Bill sets out some of the most far-reaching changes the construction industry has ever faced and it will take time to adapt and implement these changes.

It is difficult to be specific regarding timescales, the Bill needs to go through three readings in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, then amendments before it gets to Royal Assent. Typically, a Bill takes about a year to get through Parliament, however, it may be that this Bill moves quickly as there has been public criticism of the delays to date.

Once the act has been passed there is likely to be a transitional period for the regulator to put processes in place.

Twinview has been developed as a Golden Thread of information allowing all building information to be stored in a single location on the cloud so it is accessible by anyone at any time on any device.

Importantly, Twinview has a simple interface that allows this information to be kept up-to-date and with a tenant app, landlords can connect with residents.