The benefits of BiQ
Emerging from a difficult period for the construction industry, marred by tragedy and concerns over safety, the
recently launched Building in Quality (BiQ) Tracker aims to end spec-breaking in building projects. Tamlite Lighting
managing director, John Allden, explains why the application of BiQ principles to lighting will bring benefits all-round.
If there had been a common feeling for a while that something
needed to be done to guarantee greater consistency of quality
and safety throughout the construction industry, then the events
of June 14, 2017, brought it into a terrible new focus. The death or
injury of nearly 150 people as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire
in North Kensington, London, led to several reports and reviews
concerning building design and maintenance, with particular concern
voiced over the safety of high-rise residential blocks.
The findings of the Independent Review of Building Regulations
and Fire Safety –led by Dame Judith Hackitt and published in
May 2018 – make for especially sober reading. Identifying a lack of
skills, knowledge and experience at every stage of the lifecycle of
higher-risk residential buildings, the report sets out more than 50
recommendations for the government about delivering a more robust
But whilst the government has announced its plans to implement
the Hackitt recommendations in full, a number of other initiatives
look set to bring much-needed change to the construction sector.
Arguably the most significant of these is the Building in Quality
(BiQ) Tracker, which was launched during UK Construction Week
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last autumn. Led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA),
agreed by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and developed in
consultation with key members of the industry, the Quality Tracker
establishes a chain of custody that allows project teams to track
quality throughout a construction project.
Intended to provide a constant reminder of quality targets, the
tracker – which can be accessed as a free-to-download digital tool
–will allow prospective and current members of a project team to
better understand their risks. By allowing clients who adopt the BiQ
Tracker to demonstrate their commitment to quality, the scheme
is set to lead to an overall boost in building standards and safety.
Critically, for tenants and owners/investors, the tracker will also
provide long-term reassurance in the form of a straightforward
account about the quality targets for, and development history of, a
Pilot projects in support of the BiQ Tracker are already taking
place and the early indications are that the construction industry
and its service providers have already recognised the many potential
benefits of the scheme.