Five Important Lessons From the Building Safety Fund

The government has published a guide for leaseholders and residents on the Building Safety Fund application process. Following the government announcement of sanctions on those who do not support the improvement of building safety, particularly in high rise residential buildings, it is worth remembering where support is available.

You will need as a minimum:

  1. A thorough grasp of your building's status including wall type and material
  2. A detailed project programme
  3. A team of consultants, designers and contractors
  4. Detailed reporting standards
  5. Reliable materials that can demonstrate an increase in safety ratings

As efforts are stepped up to increase building safety and enforce responsibility across the market, Soltherm is working to do the same with leading safety rated building materials alongside specification and design services.

What Does the Building Safety Fund Cover?

The Building Safety Fund (BSF) protects leaseholders from the costs of replacing dangerous non ACM cladding systems in the private sector, social housing and beyond.

Every housing association is encouraged to determine their eligibility, particularly those responsible for high rise residential buildings.

Who is Eligible for the Building Safety Fund?

The responsible entity in securing Building Safety Fund support may include freeholders, head leaseholders, private sector building owners, agents, right-to-manage companies or registered housing associations under the National Housing Federation.

Here's what this means for you, if you are applying for Building Safety Fund cover.

1 Know your project inside out

It is essential to know the exact building type, wall type and current building materials used on the existing structure. This is essential to determining the extent of unsafe non ACM cladding used and addressing the fire safety risk to occupants accurately. The building safety fund only accepts applications on behalf of structures that are at least 17.7 metres high.)

2 Applicants need to have a solid plan in place

Applicants must create a thorough project programme in order to be accepted by the BSF process. Documents must include details of remediation works, associated costs. If remediation work is undertaken pre application, the BSF will only fund remediation costs that are considered eligible under Building Safety Fund criteria.

3 Applicants must align themselves with professional consultants and contractors

It is essential to appoint a professional team of consultants and contractors to implement the necessary works. A complete design for the works must be written up with cost calculations included (click here to read examples of useful services you will require, such as wind load calculations and U-value calculations.)

4 The project must remain on track

Reasonable efforts must be made to stay committed to a robust working schedule. Estimated start and end dates must be agreed and submitted, along with monthly delivery updates via the associated delivery partner.

5 New cladding must demonstrate improved safety standards

Most importantly, the replacement cladding must demonstrate an improved standard of building safety and fire safety. Certifications to confirm compliance with building regulations must be provided before access to the full funding is granted.

How Do I Apply for Building Safety Fund Support?

To learn more about the remediation of non ACM cladding systems and to apply for BSF funding, visit the government website and to see some examples of fully compliant, A1 fire rated external wall insulation for high rise residential buildings, browse the Soltherm range of systems

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