LGA responds to new national construction products regulator

“It is good that the Government has listened to councils’ concerns and announced a review into testing to ensure our national approach is fit for purpose, alongside the new national construction products regulator."


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Responding to the announcement by the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick of a new national construction products regulator, Lord Porter, Local Government Association building safety spokesperson, said:

“It is good that the Government has listened to councils’ concerns and announced a review into testing to ensure our national approach is fit for purpose, alongside the new national construction products regulator.

“We have previously raised concerns over the effectiveness of the BS8414 test used to certify cladding systems on high rise buildings.

“As well as this, we have raised concerns about the role of the test houses in the mass failure of Glass Reinforced Plastic fire doors following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

“The Office for Product Safety and Standards will need to work closely with the Health and Safety Executive in its role as the new Building Safety Regulator to ensure that products are not only safe but correctly installed.”