The British Woodworking Federation Group
Open Consultations

Open Consultations

The BWF and our members are regularly consulted by Government and other bodies on policies, standards, legislation and regulations affecting the woodworking and joinery industry.

Below is a list of open consultations that we believe will have an impact on our members and our industry as a whole.

Organisation Heading Link Description Closing date
MHCLG The independent review of the construction products testing regime Independent Review of the Construction Products Testing Regime – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) The independent review of the construction products testing regime headed by Paul Morrell has begun engaging with CPA members and is now asking for any members’ comments (with or without attribution) on current testing and certification practices. Contact with the review team can be made via, productstestingreview@communities.gov.uk Not defined but review report is due “Summer 2021”
BSI Draft PAS 8673 Built environment – Framework for competence of individual Building Safe ty Managers and nominated individual Building Safety Managers – Specification British Standards Institution – Project (bsigroup.com) This PAS specifies requirements for building safety competence relevant to the role, functions, activities and tasks of Building Safety Managers, based on the recommendations and core competence criteria set out in BSI Flex 8670 15-Sep-15
Construction Innovation Hub LEXiCON Methodology: Creating Relevant Authorities and Achieving Consensus LEXiCON Methodology Consultation – Construction Innovation Hub The success of the LEXiCON project is dependent on the processes and structures outlined in this report adequately reflecting the requirements of the built environment, both providers and users of product information. As such, the Hub and CPA would like to hear back from the wider industry on the proposed methodology for the LEXiCON project, comprising the process, platform, and people. 30-Sep-21
BSI BS 9991 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings – Code of practice British Standards Institution – Project (bsigroup.com) This British Standard gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of the following building types, to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and aroun; dwellings (single-family dwelling houses, self-contained flats or maisonettes); blocks of flats; residential accommodation blocks (e.g. for students or hospital staff), with individual bedrooms and the provision of kitchen/sanitary facilities constructed within a fire compartment; specialized housing; and residential care. 06-Oct-21
Scottish Government Building standards (fire safety) – a consultation on external wall systems Building regulations – energy standards and associated topics – proposed changes: consultation – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) This consultation seeks to obtain the views and opinions of stakeholders on a review of building standards relating to the fire safety of cladding to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland’s buildings. 08-Oct-21
Scottish Government Home energy efficiency: equity loan pilot Home energy efficiency: equity loan pilot – Scottish Government – Citizen Space (consult.gov.scot) The Energy Efficiency Equity Loan Pilot has delivered 55 completed loans with all installations carried out, to eligible homeowners since its inception in 2017. We now wish to consider the potential to develop the pilot as part of the suite of support schemes for the decarbonisation of buildings as set out in the draft Heat in Buildings Strategy. 08-Oct-21
Department for Communities, Northern Ireland Consultation on proposed Conservation Principles – Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland Consultation on proposed Conservation Principles – Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland | Department for Communities (communities-ni.gov.uk) The Department’s Historic Environment Division (HED) has drafted a paper entitled ‘Conservation Principles; Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland’. 08-Oct-21
Scottish Government Building regulations – energy standards and associated topics – proposed changes: Consultation Building regulations – energy standards and associated topics – proposed changes: consultation – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) Consultation on proposed changes to energy standards within Scottish building regulations, including related topics such as ventilation, overheating and electric vehicle charging provision. 15-Oct-21
UK Parliament Have your say on the Building Safety Bill Have your say on the Building Safety Bill – UK Parliament Do you have relevant expertise or experience, or do you have a special interest in the Building Safety Bill 2021-22, which is currently passing through Parliament? If you do, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill. 26-Oct-21
BSI PAS 9980:2021 Fire risk appraisal and assessment of external wall construction and cla dding of existing blocks of flats – Code of practice British Standards Institution – Project (bsigroup.com) This PAS gives recommendations and guidance on undertaking a fire risk appraisal and assessment (FRAA) of the external wall construction of a multistorey, multi-occupied residential building. The purpose of such an FRAA is to assess the risk to occupants from a fire spreading externally over or within the walls of the building, and to make a decision, whether in specific circumstances of the building, remediation is considered necessary. It is applicable where the risk is known, or suspected, to arise from the presence of combustible materials within the external wall build-up. Public comment phase closed on 20 May 2021 but comments resolution phase has only just started.
BSI BSI Flex 8670 v3.0 Built environment – Core criteria for building safety in competence frameworks – Code of practice British Standards Institution – Project (bsigroup.com) This BSI Flex is intended for use by those with responsibility for the development, maintenance or application of sector-specific competence frameworks for roles, functions, activities or tasks undertaken by individuals where these are critical to and directly influence safety in and around buildings. This includes competence frameworks for technical and non-technical roles, and for individuals working under their own authority as well as under the supervision of other competent individuals. 31-Dec-21

Member of Construction Products Association
National Specialist Contractors Council
Passive Fire Protection Federation
CITB
Trade Association Forum
The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products