England: BRAC Golden Thread Report

WOBO members and fellow professionals are encouraged to note the developments taking place in conjunction with the Building Safety Bill.

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The Building Regulations Advisory Committee Golden Thread Working Group has published a report on the golden thread. This report provides an overview of the golden thread of information, a key requirement of the Building Safety Bill, currently in Parliament.

This report provides an overview of the development of golden thread policy, and how it has been progressed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), supported by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) golden thread working group, and key stakeholders from across the built environment and housing sector. This report provides greater clarity on the golden thread policy and the changes it will require of industry. It outlines the high-level golden thread requirements including the golden thread definition and principles, and how digital standards will underpin implementation of the golden thread of information.

The government is introducing a new more stringent regulatory regime, for buildings 18 metres and over or 7 storeys and over, whichever is reached first, through the Building Safety Bill and proposed draft secondary legislation. As part of the more stringent regulatory regime, the government is going to require that dutyholders and Accountable Persons for buildings in scope of the new more stringent regime create and maintain a golden thread, throughout a building’s life cycle.


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