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Industry capability and capacity to deliver and retain a “Golden Thread” of information

In the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower Fire on 14 June 2017, in which 72 people lost their lives, the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety identified that a lack of complete, accurate and up to date information was one of the key issues that led to the fire being as devastating as it was. The report went on to recommend the need for ‘robust record-keeping, with a digital ‘golden thread’ of key building information running through all phases of design, construction and occupation’.

The Government endorsed these findings in its 2018 Building a Safer Future report, also known as the Hackitt Report and is currently drafting a new Building Safety Bill based on these recommendations, expected to become law in 2021.

In response to this, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and i3PT Certification are collaborating on a research-based report which aims to:

  • Investigate the construction industry’s understanding of the Golden Thread; what it is, why it is needed and how it will be delivered in practice
  • Identify how prepared the industry is to meet the requirements set out in the Government’s Building a Safer Future Implementation Plan
  • Provide recommendations on what the industry needs to do to meet these requirements and highlight examples of good/best practice from industry.

They have launched a survey to collect quantitative and qualitative data to inform the report, and desktop research will define current practice and highlight examples of good/best practice and they would welcome input from IET members.

The survey, along with a summary of the Building Safety Bill, can be accessed at www.goldenthread.co.uk. The survey will be open until 21 August 2020 and, by taking part, you could be in with a chance of winning an iPad, or up to £200 Amazon vouchers.

The Building Safety Bill will be applicable initially to high rise residential buildings (over 18 metres or 6 storeys) in the UK only, however, the issues that have been highlighted are prevalent across the built environment globally, and it is anticipated that the scope of the Bill will eventually be extended to cover a wider range of building types. For this reason, we urge you to still fill in the survey regardless of the type of projects you are involved in, or your location.

If you’d like to learn more about the IET’s work within the built environment sector, please visit the Built environment section of our website. Here you can find more details on the work we’ve been doing on Digital Twins for a safer Built Environment, together with our recent report on Flourishing Systems.