LFMI: Deficiences of risk assessment and management in construction

The construction industry accounts for more than half of the total capital investment in Lithuania. Sound regulation of construction helps protect the public from flawed building practices. But often long and costly procedures complicate the construction process for builders, who then tend to proceed without a permit or other approvals.

Regulations in Lithuania cover almost every stage of construction. These control measures to some extent are applicable to all types of buildings, even though their risk level might differ significantly. In order to ensure efficient construction regulations, many economies are now adopting a risk-based approach to construction controls, which take into account the varying risks for different types of buildings.

 The risk-based model guidelines are already established in Lithuania. However, the state control of construction still does not fully follow this risk assessment and management methodology. The current classification system for buildings and construction control measures require further changes.

To ensure maximum safety, efficient use of resources and faster construction process, it is necessary to:

  1. Classify buildings based on STCPI already established risk levels.
  2. In accordance with the European Standard EN 1990 assign appropriate risk management measures to different categories of the buildings.
  3. Allow the private sector to carry out third-party construction control.

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