Golden thread: have your say

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and i3PT are calling on the sector to complete their survey that aims to help understand the ‘golden thread’ and how it relates to construction.

The survey follows the independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety, which identified the lack of complete, accurate and up-to-date building information was one of the issues that led to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

The review recommended a digital ‘golden thread’ of key building information running through all phases of design, construction and occupation. This in turn has helped to shape proposals for a new regulatory system for building safety in the UK, which form the basis of the new Building Safety Bill that will go before Parliament this year.

The survey aims to help better understand the golden thread, what it is, why it is needed, how it will be implemented, and how prepared for it the construction industry is.

The survey will now close on 4 September and more details can be found at

The results will be made available to industry and government in a report to be published later this year.

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  1. The HSE put into place regulations regarding the audit trail of project design development and construction after the ‘near disaster’ of the collapse of the Heathrow Express project during the 1990. The industry fails to comprehend or have any intention of producing and collecting information that may eventually find them responsible for bad practices. Unless the requirement for the Golden Thread is in some way to be audited by a third party, perhaps through an insurance report, and that some organization is made responsible for ensuring the golden thread is maintained the industry will continue to ignore it. In the 1990 we developed the Common Data Environment as a means of managing that golden thread but it is not recognized and so today we are in the same position twenty years on. How will this requirement be enforced?

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