The UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has joined major contractors, housing providers, local authorities and trade bodies in helping to change the culture around building safety. The TTF has taken the positive step of becoming a Registered Signatory to the Building a Safer Future (BSF) Charter.
The BSF Charter is a proactive response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future Review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Charter is administered by a not-for-profit independent organisation, set up to encourage collaboration, drive change, and ultimately to transform the culture around building safety.
The community of Charter signatories is committed to putting people’s safety first through a series of five Charter Commitments. David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation said: “The TTF is pleased to become a Registered Signatory of the Building a Safer Future Charter. We recognise that becoming a Registered Signatory is an important first step towards achieving the culture and behavioural change required in relation to the Charter's objectives around building safety. In confirming our support as a Registered Signatory, we will now be working to ensure that we embed the principles of the Charter into our organisation’s and our sector’s activities.
“As the TTF and TRADA move further towards integration under the banner of Timber Development UK, which will bring suppliers and specifiers under the same body, we will be in an authoritative position to enact our Commitments under the Charter, particularly in collaborating to spearhead culture change and become the voice of building safety across our sector. We will also be able to play a central role in providing the key information and resources need to achieve and maintain building safety.”
Becoming a signatory to the BSF Charter underlines the TTF’s commitment to product safety, accurate product information (through its active engagement with the Code for Construction Product Information), and standards of Competence, (through its involvement the post-Grenfell Working Group 12, Construction Products Competence).
Find out more about the Building a Safer Future Charter at: www.buildingasaferfuture.org.uk