The proposals include competence requirements for individuals and organisations carrying out design or building work.
Dutyholders will be expected to meet the sector set standards, i.e. relevant training and qualifications recognised by accredited institutions, membership of an established trade or professional body, or relevant experience of the type of work they will undertake.
Under The Act a new Construction Products Regulator will be created. The regulator will oversee a construction products regulatory regime. Under the regime manufacturers will be required to complete a declaration of performance for all safety critical and follow the specified system of assessment and verification to ensure that the claimed performance is met.
The new regulations cover all products, including those already on the market and future products.
Additional requirements apply to those working on Higher Risk Buildings (HRBs). These are defined as residential buildings, care homes or hospitals of at least 18m or 7 storeys in height containing more than residential units. Members working in HRBs will need to justify their competence before doing so. This is likely to be through the establishment of discipline registers. Even those members not involved in HRBs should be aware of the scope, so as not to be in breach of their duties.
Under The Act, residents of existing qualifying buildings will have additional recourse to pursue those responsible for relevant defects. Qualifying buildings are 11m or 5 storeys in height containing more than two residential units. Relevant defects are those relating to fire or structural safety. For claims arising from events after June 2022, the limitation period will be increased from 12 to 15 years. For claims arising from events prior to June 2022, the limitation period will increase to 30 years.
Under The Act developers of more than one unit will need to provide a new build warranty. It is possible that members may therefore be requested to provide collateral warranties to residents on even small projects.