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FM PARTNERS NEEDED TO TEST NEW COMPLIANCE TOOLS IN ADVANCE OF BUILDING SAFETY


REGULATIONS Estate and facilities managers keen to explore how they meet new building safety requirements in advance of the Government’s major new legislation are invited to help test two new compliance products – for free.


UL is seeking building safety professionals and consultants in FM for input into two new products, including a digital platform and third- party certification scheme closely linked to the requirements in the Building Safety Bill that is due to be laid before Parliament this autumn.


Neither product is yet commercially available in the UK, and UL is looking for partner organisations to test drive them, free of charge. Partner organisations will then be able to ready themselves for the implementation of the new legislation and reassure residents, investors and other stakeholders of their safety systems.


UL’s Built InForm software tracks and manages ‘the golden thread’ of information, as outlined in the Hackitt Review, including helping safety managers keep on top of building features, certification, testing schedules, professional competencies and other activities across single buildings or whole portfolios, empowering effective safety monitoring and management. It will also mean information is easily accessible to regulators and residents when requested.


Alongside this, UL’s Building Safety Management (BSM) Certification Scheme is aligned to the requirements of the Building Safety Bill’s Building Assurance Certificate, thereby providing independent third- party audit and certification of fire and structural safety management systems, offering conformity assurance for the accountable person and stakeholders such as residents.


Simon Ince, Project Engineer at UL, said: “Within 12-24 months, the Building Safety Act will fundamentally change the way the country manages its properties, and housing providers, estate managers, FMs and social landlords need to prepare. This is why we’re seeking those who may be looking to get a head start, to help us ready Built InForm and the BSM Certification Scheme. Both will help accountable persons build their safety case, develop the golden thread and stay compliant.”


The use of outdated tools, such as paper-based fire safety logbooks and operations and maintenance


manuals, is widespread and will no longer satisfy the new legislation. Digitisation is inevitable. Additionally, meeting the requirements of the proposed new legislation will be a complex process, which can be eased with independent third-party audit and certification; this will also enable organisations to publicly demonstrate best safety practice.


Email: EU.BuildingLifeSafety@ul.com www.ul.com/


Q3 IN REDBRIDGE AGREEMENT Boutique FM company, Q3, has won a public-sector contract with the London Borough of Redbridge, following a successful competitive tender process.


The three-year deal covers over 50 sites, including corporate buildings


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as well as higher and primary education facilities and will employ over 90 people.


The authority awarded the contract in response to Q3’s ‘fresh-thinking approach’ which will involve the company using innovative technology plus Covid-safe cleaning techniques


and processes, including deployment of robotics, sensors, and ATP testing.


Speaking about the contract award, Q3 CEO, Martyn Freeman, said: “Q3 is excited to be moving to mobilisation of the contract in the next few weeks and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with the Borough.”


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