Dentons' UK Construction team prepare a monthly guide to new and proposed legislation affecting the construction industry for publication in Construction Law's "state of play" table. The November 2021 update is below.
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning
Updated guidance on fire safety in blocks of flats
HSE insights into the changes proposed in the Building Safety Bill
11/20 and 04/21
Procurement Policy Note 04/21: Applying Exclusions in Public Procurement, Managing Conflicts of Interest and Whistleblowing, published on 20 May 2021, "reminds In-scope Organisations of their obligations in applying exclusions and preventing, identifying and remedying conflicts of interest in public procurement". On 9 September 2021, an update was published to the "Employment of Civil Servants" section of the guidance document. (See the Guide for Commercial and Procurement Professionals.)
Scaling up the custom and self-build market
New British standard on biodiversity net gain
Progress of the Environment Bill
The third reading of the Bill took place in the House of Lords on 11 October 2021. Amendments made during the report stage included changes on: air quality targets; declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency; the independence of the Office for Environmental Protection; protecting pollinators; reducing single-use items; ending harm to the environment from discharging untreated sewage into rivers; and protecting ancient woodland. (See Lords examines Environment Bill at third reading.)
New Code for Construction Product Information
On 21 September 2021, the CPA launched The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), Code guidance and a manufacturer information pack. The code is founded "on the principle that product information must be Clear, Accurate, Up-to-date, Accessible and Unambiguous" and includes "eleven clauses covering critical aspects from responsibility for product information to transparency of information regarding performance, proof of stated claims and general information and competency". The latest guidance aims to help manufacturers better understand the Code and prepare for the verification journey.
Validity of CE mark extended
Preparation for COP26
You can read more about COP26 and the net zero targets here: Achieving Net Zero: UK Construction Focus
Other policy papers were published, some for consultation, alongside the strategy, including:
BEIS has launched a consultation on its Proposals for heat network zoning that "envisage central and local government working together with industry and local stakeholders to identify and designate areas within which heat networks are the lowest cost, low carbon solution for decarbonising heating".
Future support for low carbon heat
Government collaboration with local authorities
The BEIS Committee is working closely with the EAC on, and is conducting an inquiry into, Net Zero Governance issues. Its call for evidence (here) raises questions as to what is required of a governance structure "that can deliver cross-Government climate action at the pace, scale and over the duration required to meet the carbon budgets and the 2050 net zero target". In September, the BEIS Committee questioned both the NAO and the EAC on their research into governance arrangements for net zero (see How can the Government get to net zero?).
UK Fusion Energy
Public engagement strategy
Analysis of consultation into energy efficiency
Heat in Buildings Strategy
New Build Heat Standard
Evaluation – heating systems in affordable housing
Decarbonising heating report
Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy
Some of these updates were published as the State of Play Table 264 by Construction Law. You can subscribe to Construction Law's newsletter here.