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Last edited 02 Aug 2022
BSI competence requirements for principal contractors and designers
 BSI publishes competence requirements for principal contractors and designers.
The requirements cover the roles of principal designer and principal contractor. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is sponsoring the new standards. Separate steering groups have overseen the development of all three standards, including CIAT on PAS 8671.
The standards support industry reform, in line with the new Building Safety Act, and are intended to minimise safety risks and improve protection to consumers and occupants, including residents, in and about buildings.
 PAS 8671:2022
Specifies competence thresholds that individuals are expected to meet when delivering or managing the dutyholder functions of the principal designer, and additional competencies for working on higher-risk buildings (HRBs).
 PAS 8672:2022
Specifies competence requirements for the dutyholder role of principal contractor. It also describes specific competences common to all principal contractors and those which are additional for those undertaking the role on HRBs.
 PAS 8673:2022
Specifies competence requirements for managing safety in residential buildings and other developments incorporating residential accommodation. Italso gives guidance on detailed competences and the assessment of competence.
It covers competence and commitment in regard to building structures and building systems, including building services; interaction of systems and components; operational practices necessary to maintain buildings safe for occupants; risk management; managing the golden thread of information, including other digital information; managing change, including the consequences of human behaviour; leadership, communication and planning skills; and personal commitment to ethical behaviour and professional standards.
Scott Steedman, director-general of standards at BSI, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of three new standards, published as part of BSI’s Built Environment Competence Standards (BECS) programme, to provide an agreed, common approach for industry to embed building safety competence for design, construction and building management at a senior level.
This article first appeared pn the CIAT website on July 28 entitled "BSI publishes competence requirements for principal contractors and designers."
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