Creating National Standards
These will be delivered in two phases:
An overarching competence framework standard for everyone working on a building
This is intended to be used by key professions and trades including designers, contractors, fire risk assessors, building managers and others in specialist technical or corporate roles.
It is likely that there will be a set of eight core principles of competence underpinning each of these deliverables.
The relevant sectors can then define the competences needed in their specific sectors and disciplines to match the overarching competence framework standard. The advisory group will provide guidance by outlining a standard approach, with clear definitions and terminology – and all those relevant bodies will be expected to conform to the framework.
The framework will be developed and made available for use from early Autumn. After three periods of public consultation and refinement, it will be published as a British Standard and supported by a guidance document.
A set of competence requirements for the three newly-regulated roles: Principal Designer, Principal Contractor and Building Safety Manager
Source – BSI Built Environment Competence Standards
An introduction to the new programme designed to raise standards of competence in the built environment workforce
These key roles have overarching responsibility for the main activities affecting building and life safety at each stage of a building’s life-cycle: design, construction and operation. They require enhanced competences in addition to any discipline-related competences, relating to their overarching role to ensure that the design intent of the building is maintained and that workers employed and used in design, construction, refurbishment, maintenance and operation are suitably competent.
This set of standards will be made available as Publicly Available Specifications, or PASs. They will be fast-tracked to meet the urgent need for competent individuals to fulfil these roles in the Government’s new regulatory regime to ensure a safe environment for residents.