Commenting on today’s publication of 'Building a safer future', the interim report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Philip Greenish, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says:

“It is critically important that we ensure that disasters such as Grenfell do not happen again. With that in mind the Academy supports the comprehensive approach taken by Dame Judith Hackitt in considering all elements of the system that must be in place to provide safe buildings. This system is made up of more than just the regulations. It includes the people who design and construct the building, those who oversee and enforce legislation and those who look after the building when in use. Industry practices and ways of working are also important. Consideration of all these elements will be vital to ensure that buildings are as safe as possible for people to live and work in, and that the public can have trust in the system, from new build through occupation, refurbishment and maintenance.

“Our own response to the review highlighted issues in several parts of this system where improvements should be made in the interests of future public safety. It is essential that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood, and that those working at all levels in the system have the skills to perform those roles. The engineering profession stands ready to work with government and other professions in the construction sector to address the serious issues that have been raised.”

Earlier this year a cross-engineering sector response to the review’s call for evidence was co-ordinated by the Royal Academy of Engineering on behalf of 'Engineering the Future', an alliance of the 38 professional engineering bodies in the UK.

The response is available to read here

Notes for Editors

1.    Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession

For more information please contact: Victoria Runcie at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0620; email: Victoria.Runcie@raeng.org.uk