Universal Good Practice Building Regulation: The Key Elements

On 9 October 2020, the University of Canberra and the International Code Council hosted the inaugural annual Forum of the International Building Quality Centre (IBQC).

This first Forum was held virtually from 2-4pm GMT and featured a keynote speech from Dame Judith Hackitt, former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive and the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower fire. Dame Judith is now an advisor to UK Government and to Victoria, Australia Government on delivery of major reform to Building Regulations.

Closing remarks were delivered by Ms. Sylvia Solf of The World Bank. Various IBQC Board Members will offer insight into the practices that enable safety, efficiency and innovation as discussed in the Principles for Good Practice Building Regulation publication.


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A replay of the Forum can be viewed here: Forum Replay

Topics and Speakers

Keynote Address: Dame Judith Hackitt

Keynote Address

Adjunct Professor Kim Lovegrove

Senior Construction Lawyer, Lovegrove and Cotton Lawyers and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra

“Best practice dispute resolution mechanisms and mandatory auditing”

Mr. Alejandro Espinosa-Wang

Senior Private Sector Specialist, The World Bank

“A mandatory statutory process which provides for rigorous inspections of work by Competent Practitioners”

Ms. Stephanie Barwise QC

AtkinChambers Barristers

“Building approvals systems”

Ms. Bronwyn Weir

Director at Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd

“Regulating for building product safety and compliance”

Professor José Torero

Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Civil Engineering Department, University College London

“Professional competency certification: what is required in design and practice”

Mr. Michael DeLint

Director, Regulatory Reform and Technical Standards, Residential Construction of Ontario

“Best practice solutions for developing economies: adapting the Principles”

Adjunct Professor Robert Whittaker

Director of Holdum Whittaker and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra

“The importance of clear & transparent legislative & regulatory frameworks to achieving building safety”

Closing Address: Ms. Sylvia Solf

Global Product Specialist, Trade and Competitiveness, The World Bank

More details of the speakers bios can be found here: IBQC Forum Speakers Bios October 2020