President's Page August 2019

1 August 2019

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You will be aware that, following on from the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Building a Safer Future consultation was issued. It proposes fundamental reform of building safety requirements, and CABE provided a response on behalf of our Members following a Member Survey. In addition to this, a number of round table workshops, which were chaired by Richard Harral, our Technical Director, have taken place to further identify CABE Members’ views and to ensure that these are fed back to the Government as part of the consultation process.

I attended the buildeng Northern Conference at Kingston Park Stadium in Newcastle on 19 June. It was truly great to see it so well attended and there were some great discussions and questions being raised. For me, to have the opportunity to meet our Members and talk about the challenges facing our industry was critical. It was equally great to see a number of our Student Members attending the event. I would like to congratulate the Regional Team on such a well organised and successful event.

I also attended The Edge Climate Action Roundtable event chaired by Lord Deben of the Committee on Climate Change, on 20 June in London. The Edge is a voluntary built and natural environment think tank and this event highlighted that, despite Brexit, there is a need for action on climate change and that it is more relevant and more challenging than ever. CABE is one of the many organisations in attendance who have agreed to collaborate on an urgent response to achieving the 2050 target of net zero carbon emissions. We will continue to work together with those organisations to establish shared standards and practice; and to continue to develop professional resources, capacity and competencies within the sector capable of meeting that aim.

It is very clear that the change is happening faster than originally thought and the effects are becoming real, but it is also clear that the building industry and, in particular, House Builders, can and should be doing far more than is currently being done. It should also be understood that CABE being at the top table at such an event shows that we are increasing our profile and are starting to have a real impact on influencing key decisions.

CABE has recently introduced a new sustainability policy and we are taking a number of actions to promote sustainability and address our primary impacts on the environment. Our intention is to develop a comprehensive plan to move CABE to a net zero carbon operation as soon as possible and to ensure we look comprehensively at our primary and secondary environmental impacts. CABE Members have a role to play with helping us to achieve this and can contribute by responding to the challenges we face as an industry.

Ant Burd BSc(Hons) C.Builde E PCABE FCABE MIFireE FRICS

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