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Committee Members - Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) (REF: CM:BRAC)

Listed 28 February 2019

About the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC)
BRAC is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It has been designated as a Scientific Advisory Committee under the Government’s Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees 2001.

BRAC was originally established in 1962 under Section 9 of the Public Health Act 1961, superseded by Section 14 of the Building Act 1984 (the 1984 Act), to advise the Secretary of State on the exercise of his/her powers to make Building Regulations in England and on other related matters. The Secretary of State has a statutory obligation to consult BRAC before making Building Regulations.

In practice, the views of BRAC are usually sought on all relevant policy and technical matters related to Building Regulations. BRAC is therefore an important sounding board for matters directly affecting buildings and in the wider construction industry. BRAC members are appointed on an independent basis to represent particular areas/fields of expertise and experience, rather than as specific delegates of particular organisations.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety made recommendations concerning the future governance of building regulations, advice and guidance. MHCLG is considering how to implement these, so appointments will overlap with this implementation; we will be looking for new members with some experience of organisational change management and behavioural insights as well as technical expertise.

About the role

BRAC members work closely with officials in the Building Regulation Technical Policy Division to provide a sounding broad for policy development. Typically this includes:

• Chairing or involvement in BRAC working groups which are established on a case by case basis to assist in the development of proposals to amend or introduce new regulations, and supporting statutory guidance (in the Approved Documents).
• Facilitating wider engagement with industry to ensure working group technical committees have high quality expert representation.
• Helping to develop research proposals and projects to build the evidence base to support changes to the Building Regulations.

Most recently, this has included work to support changes to fire safety requirements and research into overheating in new homes. Up-coming work includes reviews into accessibility in response to the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into disability and the built environment; and energy efficiency and overheating, which respond to the Clean Growth Strategy and recommendations made by the Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into heatwaves. BRAC is also taking a keen interest in the fast-moving development of different building technologies collectively known as Modern Methods of Construction

BRAC Member – Job Description

There are currently seven positions available on the Committee.

Applicants for these should have a strong interest in the built environment and areas touched upon by the Building Regulations. They should have current professional knowledge and experience of the design issues and application of the subject areas encompassed in the Regulations, and be able to draw upon knowledge and experience of the construction industry and/or professions.

Members should be supportive of and committed to implementing the Government’s key priorities.

Although we are interested in strengthening the expertise on the Committee across the whole sphere of Building Regulations and related matters, specific areas of expertise and knowledge sought from this recruitment include candidates who can demonstrate a high-level knowledge and/or expertise/experience at senior levels in any of the following areas:

• Fire Safety Engineer
• Senior Fire Fighter
• Materials and Construction Products
• Housebuilding
• Built environment and data
• Emerging building technologies
• Change management and behavioural insights

Note: For any candidate who feels they can offer the experience and expertise in more than one of the areas referenced above, there is no need to complete more than one statement against the criteria. Just clearly reference and example those criteria with a single statement of suitability.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria and experience for these roles

1. Evidence of a track record or widespread knowledge, experience and achievement in the construction sector and or professions at a senior level, in relation to one of the sectors listed under the BRAC job description, namely:

Fire Safety Engineer;
Senior Fire Fighter;
Materials and Construction Products;
Built environment and data;
Emerging building technologies; or
Change management and behavioural insights.

2. Evidence of continuing day-to-day involvement in the construction sector with application of the building regulations and knowledge and other related legislation and guidance.

3. Excellent communication skills at a senior level, together with a proven ability to build strong stakeholder relationships.

4. Evidence of sound judgement and decision-making with a proven ability to sum up specialist advice clearly and impartially.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the apply button below

Closing date: 19 March 2019

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