This event will be an opportunity for delegates to hear latest thinking on progress in updating Scotland's building regulations and fire safety regime, as well as an opportunity to network with colleagues from across Scotland and discuss opportunities for further reform.
The Scottish Government is currently consulting on measures for strengthening the fire safety standards of high-rise domestic buildings, as part of a broader work programme being undertaken by the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety.
So what do the proposed changes mean for your organisation and what further policy priorities are needed to modernize Scotland’s building standards and fire safety regime?
The event will be an opportunity to hear from a range of expert speakers about these vital issues and network and exchange good practice with colleagues in relation to building regulations.
09:45 Registration and Networking
10:25 Welcome from the Chair
Session 1: Policy and Context
10:30 Assessing Progress in Implementing the Stollard and Cole Reviews
Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government
10:50 Building Safety - the UK perspective
How Scottish changes to building and fire standards fit within the wider direction of UK policy following the Hackitt Review.
Katherine Metcalfe, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP
11:10 Steps to Better Compliance
Putting the verifier role in context will allow those with the primary responsibility for compliance to discharge their duties more effectively.
Alan McAulay, Building Standards Team Leader, South Lanarkshire Council and Technical Director, LABSS
11:30 Group Discussion and Q&A
12:10 Lunch and Networking
Session 2: Future-Proofing Building Standards - Best Practice, Developing the Workforce and Innovative Technology
12:55 Priorities for the Surveying Profession in Fire Safety
- Background to RICS’ work in the post-Grenfell reviews
- Competence and training
- Harmonisation of regulations
Craig Ross, Associate Director of the Built Environment, RICS
13:15 Speaker confirmed from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
13:35 Speaker TBC
13:55 Group Discussion & Q&A with Craig Ross; Alan McAulay and SFRS representative
14:25 Chair's Closing Remarks
15:30 Close of Event