This report researches and presents the changing attitudes of Architects and Engineers towards product specification since the Grenfell Tower fire
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The unfortunate events of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14th June 2017 and the interim review by Dame Judith Hackitt that followed, highlight what many in the construction industry know – that there is often widespread deviation between what is designed and what is built. In the case of Grenfell, the focus is on fire safety, but the same issues apply to many other systems and components.
For manufacturers this is most apparent as specification switching, often following a process of value engineering by the contractor, leading to product substitution. As a result of Grenfell it is likely that the culture of constructing to the minimum may start to change.
To understand how attitudes are changing Competitive Advantage asked Architects and Engineers for their opinions in December 2017, the findings are published in our report Changes in Specifier Attitudes. The objectives of this report are to:
- Clarify how Architect and Engineer attitudes have changed towards specifying building products since the Grenfell Tower fire
- Outline the implications to the product manufacturer of the changes in specification attitude by the Architect and Engineer
- Give a view of the possible implications for product manufacturers from the interim report of the Hackitt Review and the Soft Landings Framework
- To provide an indication of the actions building product manufacturers might take in response to changing specifier attitudes
This report was compiled in January 2018 and comprises of 13 pages with 7 charts and tables of data
- Architects and Engineers were surveyed online. They were asked a series of questions to gauge how their attitudes towards specifying building products has changed since the Grenfell Tower fire
- The report contains a brief summary of the interim report of the Hackitt Review with a focus towards the building product manufacturer
- Attitudes to specification
- Designing and developing specifications
- Implications for the manufacturer
- Building a Safer Future
- Soft Landings Framework
List of Figures
Fig 2.1 – Respondent Category
Fig 3.1 – Respondents whose approach to specifying key building elements has changed
Fig 3.2- Respondents more likely to design a specification above the minimum required by regulation
Fig 3.3 – Respondents spending more time researching and developing product specifications
Fig 3.4 – Respondents who will put more effort into ensuring the contractor follows the product specification
Fig 4.1 – Architects making more or less use of specifications
Fig 4.2 – Engineers making more or less use of specifications
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