How to Develop a Building Safety Case: 4 Stages to Compliance

by Dr Melanie Robinson | March 3, 2023 | 3 min read

How to Develop a Building Safety Case: 4 Stages to Compliance
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From October 2023, it will be a criminal offence in England for an unregistered high rise residential building to be occupied.

Under the new legislation, any owner of a high rise residential building must create, hold and maintain a building safety case, making it available to the Building Safety Regulator upon request.

This effort to reinforce the prevention of the spread of fire and mitigate the risk of structural failure is a monumental change for our industry.

The process of creating a building safety case can be complicated and time-consuming. To help building owners comply with the new legislation, BIM Academy has developed a 4 stage guide to help them understand the implications of the Building Safety Act and to provide an overview of the steps required to define, gather and maintain the information required for their building safety case.

The guide, titled “How to Develop a Building Safety Case: 4 Stages to Compliance“, takes building owners through the process stage by stage, helping them prepare for the October 2023 deadline.

The guide is designed to be user friendly and informative, and provides all the necessary information and resources to help building owners comply with the new legislation.

BIM Academy has extensive digital and safety knowledge and experience, and is well-equipped to help building owners build their digital building safety case and ultimately keep their residents safe. By following the 4 stage guide, building owners can ensure that their high rise residential buildings are compliant with the Building Safety Act, and that they are providing a safe environment for their residents.

For more information about the Building Safety Act and how to comply with the new legislation, building owners can contact Allan Binns, Safety Director, Ryder Architecture or Melanie Robinson, Senior Digital Consultant, BIM Academy. By taking the necessary steps to comply with the Building Safety Act, building owners can ensure the safety of their residents, and avoid the risk of criminal charges and penalties.

About the author

Dr Melanie Robinson

Senior Digital Consultant, BIM Academy

Melanie is an Associate at BIM Academy, specialising in building information modelling (BIM) and information management according to ISO 19650.

Melanie manages several projects across multiple sectors globally, and works closely with international clients to develop digital strategies for project and asset management.

Melanie’s specialisms include change management, standardisation and digital collaboration, and she acts as a Regional Lead for Women in BIM (WIB).

Melanie holds a PhD from Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) which looked into the micro-level factors to an effective macro-level diffusion of BIM, including the gap between perceived and actual efficacy of BIM understanding and skills. She is also an award-winning graduate of ENU’s Architectural Technology programme, having obtained a first-class Honours degree in 2015.

Melanie Robinson