Building safety

The investment the social housing sector is making into building safety is huge.

At the heart of that investment will be the Golden Thread of building safety, allowing everyone – from architect to surveyor, developer to resident – to have the same information about a building. The Golden Thread will provide social housing organisations with the information it needs to keep the building and people safe, now and in the future.

The UK Housing Data Standards will play a critical role in building safety, ensuring data consistency across every social housing building.

Digital Lead, Michael McLaughlin, gives a short overview of the context and work behind the Building Safety Act and the Golden Thread of Data

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Watch & listen again: Understanding the golden thread of building safety data

Understanding the golden thread of building safety data – HSE and DLUHC

Neil Hope-Collins of HSE, Jonathan Zokay of DLUHC discuss the importance of the Golden Thread of data, and the potential impact that the forthcoming secondary legislation will have on social housing organisations. They also look at DLUHC’s current consultation and some of the key areas that your social housing organisation may wish to look out for within these.

Understanding the golden thread of building safety data – NHG

Jake Le-Page, Head of Regulation at Notting Hill Genesis, unpicks some of the key challenges that organisations, such as Notting Hill Genesis, have in regards to getting their building safety data right, and the foundational steps that can be taken now.

The data gap: before Grenfell

One of the key findings of the Hackitt Review was the ineffective creation, handing over and maintenance of vital building and fire safety information. It was only two months after the Grenfell Tower fire that the housing sector were able to confirm that there were 186 other buildings across the UK clad in ACM.

Typically, data systems used at that time had only a word or two to describe external walls: “cladding” or “metal”. No mention was made of the type of insulation. The lack of data prompted urgent reviews.

The urgent reviews revealed little documentation or digital information. In most cases, the only way of resolving the question mark and determine whether ACM was present or not was through an on-site inspection.

Data standards and building safety

Significant resources are currently wasted on searching for building information across the sector because of the lack of consistency, whether in data organisation, storage or processes.

In December 2020, we launched the fourth iteration of the UK Housing Data Standards, which included the development handover use case, which has been praised by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Digitising and standardising Golden Thread information will not only result in efficiencies (reducing costs by 20% or more), they will also make building safety a reality in the future.

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“We see real value and importance in the UK Housing Data Standards (UKHDS) you are developing. They will enable organisations to keep information about the way homes are constructed and how they meet the compliance regime in an accessible way that can be shared with residents and contractors alike.”

Dame Judith Hackitt

Chair, Industry Safety Steering Group

The UK Housing Data Standards

We understand the importance of collecting consistent, coherent and complete data on your residents and housing stock. That’s why we’ve partnered with OSCRE International to develop the UK Housing Data Standards and improve the quality of data across the sector.

It’s been developed and supported by over 100 housing associations and software companies and is free to all users. Since 2018, we have developed and launched four versions of the data standards, with the latest version covering resident feedback and customer complaints.  

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