The current concerns about reinforced aerated autoclaved concrete (RAAC) highlight the need for a ‘golden thread’ of information about built assets, CIOB has said.
The institute is working closely with other construction organisations in response to the RAAC crisis, which emerged after nearly 150 schools had to shut buildings in August due to the presence of the material.
“There’s a pressing need for the creation of a golden thread of information related to fire and structural safety of buildings.”
Eddie Tuttle, director of policy, research and external affairs at CIOB, said: “CIOB has agreed to respond to the RAAC crisis in collaboration with other industry bodies and we support the recent statement from the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and Construction Leadership Council (CLC) on the need for alignment across the construction industry.
“CIOB has joined a panel of technical experts to fully understand the impact of RAAC, to support the government in its response, and to develop appropriate guidance that can be issued to the wider construction industry, as well as impacted building owners.
“We also recognise that the emergence of RAAC showcases the pressing need for the creation and maintenance of a golden thread of information related to fire and structural safety of buildings.”
CIOB has asked any industry professionals concerned by the potential impact of RAAC in their buildings to refer to a Q&A created by CM along with Loughborough University’s Chris Goodier MCIOB, professor of construction engineering and materials, and Chris Gorse MCIOB, professor of construction management and engineering.
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