A new dutyholder system will be implemented in every building, which aims to ensure that the person or entity that creates a building safety risk is responsible for managing that risk. The building cycle will be split into gateways (phases of the building’s lifecycle), with different dutyholders for different gateways. For example, the dutyholder for the design phase of the build will be the principle designer and for the construction phase, it will be the principal contractor.
The gateway will be assessed at each handover by the regulator, which will be allowed to step in and stop progress when it feels building safety aims are not being met. These different phases will be connected by a ‘golden thread of information’ which will include details about the original design and construction, as well as details of the changes and upgrades to the building during its lifecycle. The information will be held digitally so anybody at any stage can access it when needed.
Once the building is occupied, the dutyholder will become the Accountable Person. The Accountable Person, usually the building owner, will be responsible for the safety once people are living in a block. The Accountable Person will also be responsible for registering the building with the Building Safety Regulator and securing a Building Safety Assurance Certificate before it is occupied. The certificate will only be issued once the regulator is happy that the Accountable Person meets statutory obligations. This process will also be brought in for existing buildings.