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  • Writer's pictureWill Gage

Choosing Building Safety Act Compliance Software

Looking for a way to simplify compliance with the Building Safety Act? This guide explores how Building Safety Act Compliance Software can be your ally in navigating these waters, helping make your buildings safe, compliant, and well-managed.

1. Understanding Building Safety Act Compliance

1.1 What is the Building Safety Act?

The Building Safety Act marks a significant milestone in the quest for safer building standards in the UK. It covers a broad spectrum of regulations and guidelines aimed at improving the safety of residents in high-rise and multi-occupancy buildings. The act mandates stringent measures for building construction, design, and ongoing management to prevent safety failures.

Key points include:

  • Enhanced responsibilities for building owners and managers.

  • The establishment of a new authority, the Building Safety Regulator to oversee building safety standards.

  • Greater emphasis on resident safety and welfare.

Understanding these regulations is crucial for anyone involved in building management and ownership. The stakes are high, as non-compliance can lead to serious legal and financial repercussions such as fines and imprisonment. The act is detailed, but at its core, it seeks to ensure that buildings are constructed and maintained with the highest safety standards in mind.

A great summary of the act can be found here from our friends at Catalyst Group.

Critical to note are the requirements around data management, and the added transparency around building information, including controlled access for multiple stakeholders. 

This can take the form of collating the “Golden Thread” of critical safety information that needs to be easily shareable, secure, digital and current. Or it could be the data needed to submit to the Building Safety Regulator when registering a new High Risk Building - examples of which are given below;

  • Information about the principal use of the building and any subsidiary uses

  • The number of staircases and storeys in the building

  • A description of the materials used in the external walls and roof and any fixtures attached to the walls

  • Details of the structure

  • The type of energy supply to the building and energy-storage system

  • A description of the type of evacuation strategy and a list of fire and smoke control equipment

  • For properties that are occupied, or ready to be occupied; a Building Safety Case report

Clearly, this information is going to take the form of multiple documents, files and data points from a variety of different stakeholders of the building. 

Getting the right software in place early can make collaborating, collating, storing, finding and sharing this information significantly easier, saving time, money and effort that is better spent managing your building. 

1.2 How can software help with compliance?

Navigating the requirements of the Building Safety Act can be daunting, but the right software offers a practical and valuable solution. By automating and streamlining the process of compliance, software tools can significantly reduce the manual workload associated with compliance management.

Here’s how software can help:

  • Automating documentation: Keeping all necessary compliance documents in one accessible digital location.

  • Monitoring compliance: Software can alert you to any changes in regulations, helping you stay ahead.

  • Easy reporting: Generate compliance reports at a click, making audits smoother and more efficient.

  • Control of Information: Ensure you remain in control of your information and share relevant data with only those who need it, when they need it.

  • Holistic Oversight: Quickly see at a glance how your portfolio stacks up in terms of compliance and completeness of information, without having to request multiple progress reports for individuals across your organisation and/or others.

A recent study indicated that companies investing in compliance technology can reduce their compliance-related costs by up to 48% (Deloitte). This highlights the tangible benefits of embracing software solutions in managing building safety compliance.

Pro-tip: Choose software that offers a user-friendly interface and comprehensive support to ease your transition to a more automated system.

By understanding the fundamentals of the Building Safety Act and leveraging technology, building owners and managers can navigate compliance more efficiently, ensuring their properties are safe and up-to-code.

2. Choosing the Right Compliance Software

2.1 Key Features to Look For

When diving into the arena of Building Safety Act compliance software, the variety of options can be overwhelming. Nonetheless, some features stand out as essential to ensure you're getting the best solution for your needs. 

First and foremost, look out for a platform that offers a comprehensive database. This should enable you to store and manage all relevant documentation in one place, from fire safety assessments to building plans.

Secondly, real-time updates and notifications are crucial. This functionality ensures that you're always informed of any updates or reviews required to your compliance information,  letting you act swiftly to maintain completeness. 

Another important feature is the ability to easily share information. Sharing capabilities allow for smoother cooperation with consultants, contractors, and external agencies like the Building Safety Regulator, making the compliance process less cumbersome.

Pro-tip: Ensure the software has robust security measures in place to protect sensitive data.

Lastly, user-friendliness cannot be overstated. The more intuitive the interface, the easier it will be for your team and others you want to jump on to adopt and utilise the software effectively, saving you valuable training time and resources. 

Integration capabilities with existing systems within your organisation can also be a game-changer - streamlining workflows and improving efficiency.

2.2 How Building Passport Streamlines Safety and Compliance Processes

Building Passport has been developed to work for every stakeholder of a building, whether you are an owner, landlord, contractor or occupant. With its ability to store, organise, and share all building information securely, it acts as a central hub for all your information and files. 

A distinctive advantage is the ability to quickly upload, store, track and evidence your “Golden Thread” of information, ensuring that critical safety information is easily accessible, enhancing not just compliance but also safety standards across the board.

Moreover, Building Passport's collaboration tools simplify interaction with all stakeholders involved in the safety and compliance process, significantly reducing manual processes and related administrative burdens.

Pro-tip: Utilising Building Passport can cut down the time needed to prepare for audits, thanks to its organised and easily navigable building information structure, that works for anyone working with, or inhabiting, a building.

2.3 Implementing Building Safety Act Compliance Software Effectively

Getting started with any new software can be daunting, but the transition to Building Safety Act compliance software can be made smooth with the right approach. 

Firstly, ensure that there is buy-in from all relevant stakeholders. Explaining the benefits and demonstrating how the software can simplify their work will help foster positive attitudes towards the change.

Secondly, provide or organise thorough training for the team and the end users. This should cover not only the basics of using the software, but also best practices for maintaining, organising and checking compliance. 

Pro-tip: Starting with a pilot building / project before rolling out the software across all buildings / projects can provide valuable insights and allow for adjustments to be made early in the process.

In conclusion, choosing the right software is a crucial step towards developing the safety and compliance of your buildings. Look for software that is comprehensive, user-friendly, and designed to facilitate seamless cooperation among all stakeholders, throughout the lifespan of the building, not just for the project in question. 

Implementing Building Passport offers a streamlined solution, ensuring that compliance is no longer a cumbersome process but an integrated part of your operational workflow. 

By taking the time to select and effectively implement the right software, you will significantly enhance your building's safety protocols and compliance status, providing peace of mind for you, your team, and the occupants of your buildings.

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