Building trade bodies impose stricter competency requirements

Trade bodies who wish to follow the recommendations made after the Grenfell fire will be imposing stricter rules on existing and new members to ensure they meet required standards. David Frise, chief executive of the Building Services Engineering Association said: "We've changed our technical competence standard for membership. If you want to join BESA you can't just pay your money and sign up, you have technical competence standard…This assesses your commercial viability and your competence operationally, but also your technical standards." Read more on this story here

To improve standards in the built environment, the Competence Steering Group was set up in 2017 at the request of the Industry Response Group. Having published their interim ‘Raising the Bar’ report in August 2019, the final ‘Setting the Bar’ report is available here.