Risk prioritisation in existing buildings – a call for evidence

06 February 2020

The government has launched a call for evidence on how to prioritise risks in existing buildings and categorise buildings based on risk, to help ensure buildings are safe. 

We are seeking housing associations' feedback on this call for evidence in order to inform a sector response. 

Our briefing summarises the government's proposals and sets out some key questions we'd like your answers to. Please share your answers with us by Wednesday 12 February. 

About the call for evidence

This call for evidence seeks to better understand the complexity of building risk, to help prioritise work to make existing buildings safer.

It will inform a wider piece of government-commissioned research seeking views on: 

  • A case by case risk-based approach to existing building safety.
  • Considering factors aside from height when classifying building risk.
  • The significance of height in classifying building risk.
  • Topics, approaches and evidence for research on the prioritisation of building risks.
  • Innovative ideas for assessing existing building risk.

This call for evidence is in line with the Secretary of State’s commitment to conduct a full-scale technical review of the fire safety guidance to the Building Regulations (Approved Document B) and to provide advice to building owners and residents.

For more information about this call for evidence, and to submit your answers, please contact Tommy Collins, Policy Officer, using the details below.