New initiative aimed at encouraging 100% compliance with the Hackitt Review

The British Board of Agrement (BBA) and the Local Authority Building Control LABC) have joined together to launch 100% Hackitt, an initiative designed to encourage the government to deliver all recommendations detailed in the Dame Judith Hackitt report into the Grenfell fire.

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was carried out in response to failures that led to the Grenfell tragedy and has resulted in a number of recommendations. The 100% Hackitt initiative, which is backed by a new website, is calling for an Early Day Motion debate in the House of Commons with the main aim being full adoption of all recommendations.

The launch of the initiative was attended by Dame Judith who stated in a speech that there was a huge need for a culture change within the industry and that responsibilities need to be clearly defined throughout all stages of a building lifecycle. She pointed out that tweaks were not good enough and that change needed to be fundamental.

Claire Curtis-Thomas, chief executive of the BBA has added that the 100% Hackitt initiative is the best thing for the construction industry in a generation and that they want to see bad practices eliminated. This was a view shared by LABC chief executive Paul Everall, who stated that the initiative is a space for anyone who wants to see systemic change in the construction industry.

100% Hackitt has further support from the Fire Sector Federation, Policy Connect and others in the construction and health and safety industry. They all recognise it as an opportunity to recast the building system, improving future homes.