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UPDATES ON BUILDING SAFETY REFORMS We are approaching three years since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, and I am writing to update you on the action we are taking to ensure residents are safe in their homes. Read more here.

THE RT HON ALOK SHARMA MP Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy writes to the construction industry. To everyone working in the UK’s construction sector, In these challenging times, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working tirelessly within the construction industry. Delivering on large or small construction sites across the country, in builders’ merchants and logistics providers, or producing construction and mineral products. Read more here

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Governments highlight the support available for business’s and employees affected by the Coronavirus epidemic

COVID-19 SWIGA Update

March 26, 2020


SWIGA have followed the latest government advice regarding unnecessary travel and social distancing which has a profound consequence for the welfare of our staff, customers and associates. SWIGA had planned for an escalation of disruption due to virus outbreak with the result that all functions, process’s and requirements to run the organisation are being delivered via home working arrangements. SWIGA does not envisage any major disruption to our service level apart from the arranging and delivery of external visits. Meetings will continue to happen but will be online and communication on the progress of any outstanding complaints will continue normally. Read the full Story

SWIGA are disappointed that the Chancellor did not take the opportunity to increase the current funding and activity in the retrofit housing energy efficiency space at a time when we are targeting Nett Zero.

The Chancellor has announced a £1 billion fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise residential buildings, as the Government continues to “grapple” with the “tragic legacy of Grenfell”. Rishi Sunak announced the money to scrap all combustible cladding materials from all residential buildings over 18 metres tall in the Budget on Wednesday. The Government had previously committed a total of £600 million to get rid of aluminium composite material (ACM) panels like those used on Grenfell. This was made up of £400 million for removal of the material from social housing blocks, and an additional £200 million to scrap it from private buildings. Read the full Story

This consultation seeks views on the ban of the use of combustible materials in and on external walls of buildings, including building types covered, height threshold, list of exemptions, attachments such as blinds, shutters and awnings, and a proposal to specifically ban the use of metal composite panels in and on the external walls of all buildings. In the Explanatory Memorandum published alongside the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 the government committed to review the effectiveness of the ban after one year. This is a consultation on proposed changes to the Regulations following that review. As part of the review, in June 2019 Read the full Story

New fire safety certificate to unlock UK high-rise flat market Banks and surveyors move to tackle post-Grenfell concerns and revive apartment sales The fire in Bolton’s Cube building in November has increased concerns about the safety of high-rise buildings © Peter Byrne. Apartment blocks more than six storeys high will need to pass new fire safety checks before the flats can be bought and sold, in an initiative aimed at tackling post-Grenfell fire concerns, which resulted in thousands of homes being valued at zero. Surveyors and banks on Monday set out plans for a new fire safety certificate for external Read the full Story

Scottish Government sends out a consultation on energy efficiency for owner occupied homes Improving energy efficiency and reducing the demand for heat in owner occupied homes will play an important part in helping to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty. This consultation outlines proposals to tackle these issues. It sets out details of an energy efficiency standard for owner occupied homes to reach, and suggests that it should be legally binding. It also sets out how homeowners can be helped and supported to bring their homes up to the standard. – https://bit.ly/2uosVXe