Last reviewed 26 May 2022

A report produced by a working group set up as part of the post-Grenfell Competence Steering Group has been welcomed by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Setting out the current state of competence arrangements for those installing products and systems in buildings, the report was produced by volunteers from the group working with six pilot installer sectors:

  • domestic plumbing and heating

  • dry lining

  • fire detection and alarms

  • fire stopping specialist

  • rainscreen cladding

  • roofing — to benchmark existing competence arrangements.

Available at www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk, the 50-page report recognises that good practice exists in each of the six sectors that allows them to demonstrate elements of competence.

Yet, it cautions, there are elements of each sectors’ arrangements that the working group has red rated, showing that significant work is required to meet the requirements of “Setting the Bar”.

In 2020, the “Setting the Bar” report (which can be found at cic.org.uk) outlined how industry must improve the competence of those procuring, designing, constructing, inspecting, assessing, managing, installing and maintaining higher risk residential buildings.

“Each sector will now move to develop sector-specific competence frameworks that play to existing strengths and close off any red flag issues raised in the report, “ the CLC said. “This process — which will also develop a timeline and implementation plan for each sector — is expected to take six to nine months.”

The report also calls on other installer sectors to begin their own competence journey now, offering guidance to help them do so.