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CIOB investigate build quality

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10th August 2017

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has announced an investigation into build quality in the construction industry, not only in response to the recent fire at Grenfell Tower, but partly with a view towards ensuring such incidents cannot happen again in the future.

But previous events relating to poor construction quality had already inspired the CIOB to form a Commission of Past Presidents in preparation for the investigation.

Among the most notable problems of recent months were the defects in build quality of several Scottish schools, which led to 17 schools in Edinburgh being closed amid fears of partial collapses, with obvious disruption to pupils during their exam preparations.

The Commission has been tasked with the remit of investigating the general issue of build quality in the construction industry, as well as potential ways in which it could be addressed for the future.

Some of the factors have already been identified, such as problems surrounding management and supervision, the need for an education framework within the industry, and the question of whether the industry could take any further steps in order to ensure build quality.

Chair of the Commission and immediate CIOB past president Paul Nash said: "The recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower have further underlined the need for an urgent review of the way in which quality is managed in our industry.

"Whilst aspects of the public inquiry must necessarily focus on the issues of regulation and inspection, I think we have to look beyond this at the behaviours that have led to a lack of focus on quality at all stages of the build process, from design and procurement through to construction and re-fit.

"The CIOB has a duty to respond to this issue, acting in the public interest. As professionals we have a duty to the industry and wider society to act responsibly and ethically.

"This defines what it means to be a professional. And we all have a responsibility for the reputation of our industry and, most importantly, the wellbeing of those who use the buildings that we create."

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