Competence-led built environment

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The A Higher Bar – Achieving a Competence-led Built Environment report from the Competence Steering Group (CSG) sets out the significant steps being made across the built environment and fire sectors in improving skills, knowledge and behaviours to drive culture change and improve the safety of buildings.

The CSG is a cross-sector group charged with raising standards for those working in safety-critical occupations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Its achievements to date include:

  • a national suite of competence standards through BSI Flex 8670 and transition to a full British Standard

  • PAS standards for the three regulated roles (PC, PD and BSM) now published as PAS 8671, PAS 8672 and PAS 8673

  • approvement in principle for further PAS Standards (Construction Products and Fire Risk Assessors) and a new standard BSAS 01:2023 Organisation Capability Management System Standard – Managing Competence; and

  • Framework of Competence Standards providing specific requirements for individual disciplines. All WGs have developed complete or partial competency frameworks.

The CSG is to become an independent sub-group of the BSR’s Industry Competence Committee and will be renamed the Industry Competence Steering Committee (ICSG). Hanna Clarke (Digital and Policy Manager at the Construction Products Association and Chair of the CSG’s Working Group 12 – covering construction product competence) takes over from Graham Watts as Chair. Gill Hancock (Head of Qualifications and Standards at the Association for Project Management and Chair of Working Group 10 – Project Managers) is to become the ICSG’s Deputy Chair.

Read the report at

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