Safety golden thread to become law in 2023

Building Regulations Advisory Committee outlines principles underpinning the building information process

Credit: – AJ_Watt

Legislation to make the collection of ‘golden thread’ building performance information mandatory will come into effect as early as spring 2023, according to the government’s timelines for the Building Safety Bill.

This follows the agreement of a formal definition for the ‘golden thread’ by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in May.

The bill’s supporting material includes an outline of the requirement for duty holders to create, hold and maintain the golden thread as part of the secondary legislation that will accompany the bill.

Last month, the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) golden thread working group explained how digital tools would be used to enable building safety information to be stored throughout the life of a building.

It offered a detailed definition of the golden thread, which it summarised as the ‘information that allows you to understand a building and the steps needed to keep both the building and people safe, now and in the future’.

BRAC outlined the principles underpinning the golden thread, which include being: accurate and trusted; accountable; understandable/consistent, proportionate, durable and accessible.