Rupert Parker, CEO
5 Essential Steps to Prepare for a Future Under the Building Safety Act & the Golden Thread
The countdown has begun! With only 20 weeks left until the Building Safety Act comes into force on 1st October 2023, building owners must take swift action to comply with the new regulations. One of the key requirements is creating a comprehensive "Golden Thread" of building information. Other than specific aspects of it (such as the Safety Case) we still don't know exactly what this entails, but, in this blog post, we'll guide you through the five most important things you need to start doing to ensure you’re in the best position possible to comply.
1. Assess Your Existing Building Information
Before you can start curating your Golden Thread, it's crucial to assess the current state of your building information. Gather all relevant documents, including construction plans, maintenance records, fire safety assessments, and any other data related to your building. Identify obvious gaps in your information and determine what additional details you need to collect.
2. Organise and Digitise Your Building Records
With limited time remaining, organising and digitising your building records is essential. Convert physical documents into digital formats and establish a centralised system for easy access and storage. Building Passport offers an efficient platform where you can upload, store, and organize all your building information securely, saving you valuable time and effort.
3. Implement a Comprehensive Information Collection Strategy
Curating a Golden Thread requires a systematic approach to information collection. Develop a strategy to gather missing data, ensuring you cover all aspects required by the Building Safety Act. Building Passport enables you to create custom templates, making it easy to monitor the collection process and providing a clear overview of what information is complete and what is still missing.
4. Ensure Collaboration and Accountability
Building compliance is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders. Assign responsibilities and designate individuals or teams to contribute to the Golden Thread. Building Passport simplifies collaboration by providing a centralised platform where you can invite and control access for relevant parties, ensuring everyone has the information they need to fulfil their responsibilities.
5. Regularly Review and Update Your Golden Thread
Building information is dynamic, and maintaining an up-to-date Golden Thread is vital. Implement a regular review process to ensure new information is incorporated (such as your Safety Case - see our previous blog post), and outdated data is updated accordingly. Building Passport facilitates this by enabling reminders to be set against each document, the ability to add new versions of existing files and creating an indelible history of your building, allowing you to track changes and keep your Golden Thread current.
The Building Safety Act's compliance deadline is fast approaching, but with Building Passport, you can confidently curate your Golden Thread and ensure your building meets the necessary requirements. Building Passport simplifies the entire process, providing a user-friendly interface, customisable templates, secure collaboration, and a permanent record of your building's history. Don't miss this opportunity to streamline your compliance efforts. Start using Building Passport today and experience the convenience and peace of mind it brings.
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