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WHAT IS COVERED BY THE BUILDING SAFETY FUND?

After an initial reaction to remediate all buildings with ACM cladding, research and findings by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has now focused on mid-rise (11-18m) and high-rise (18m plus) residential buildings. A much touted sum of £4 billion to fund remediation is now in doubt and it’s believed that much of the funding will be raised from property owners and developers. The mechanism to do this is still unclear but will be designed to protect leaseholders from paying a maximum of £50 pcm to cover costs.

Because the initial government response was to include all buildings, regardless of height, there are many applications from that time that are being honoured – just over 1,000 in fact. For current applications to the BSF, we lay out the process, which is undertaken with a Delivery Partner – either Homes England or The Greater London Authority, depending on your location.

CAN I STILL APPLY TO THE BUILDING SAFETY FUND?

The Building Safety Fund Application Process

The application process comprises of:

REGISTRATION
ELIGIBILITY DECISION
APPLICATION
LEGAL CHECKS
COST ASSESSMENT
SIGNING

Once work commences, project owners must send monthly project updates to their delivery partner.‍

 

WHAT IS PAS 9980?

The most up to date version of this Publicly Available Specification is PAS 9980:2022 which is the latest methodology for a Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW). This is an updated methodology to be followed for all remediation and new-build projects and takes into account design features in external cladding that relate to the suspected causes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. It also emphasises that only qualified and experienced fire safety inspectors are capable of complying with its specifications.

Soltherm is already a part of this process, having successfully completed a BSF funded cladding remediation project in London, sois ideally placed to help you deliver a safe and future-proof system. Our range of A1 rated, fire-resistant cladding systems are the first of their kind in theUK, being the only system of its kind certified A1 by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Our Ultimate Steel system has been successfully installed on the Gainsborough Studios remediation project.

To learn more about the Building Safety Fund, PAS9980 and what this means for developers and property owners, download the white paper, Fire Remediation – Demystifying Fire Safety Regulations And Fire Remediation Legislation For Developers And Property Owners.

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