Built Environment

Compliance in the Built Environment

How can organisations that are not only responsible for the construction but also those operating and maintaining built assets, keep up to date with legislation changes, and manage change
Level 2 Trading Standards

Advantage achieve Level 2 Trading Standards accreditation

A Level 2 Trading Standards accreditation has been awarded to structural defects insurance provider Advantage, offering a new level of customer protection and trade accreditation for customers
high-rise buildings

Government to launch consultation on banning cladding on high-rise buildings

The government has welcomed Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, and has made a series of commitments to ensure people living in high-rise buildings are safe

Hackitt Review calls for “radical rethink” of regulations – but no ban on cladding

The independent review of building regulations and fire safety set up by the government in the wake the Grenfell Tower disaster has called for a "radical rethink" of the system - but has rejected calls to ban flammable cladding
unsafe cladding

Government to fund removal of unsafe cladding in social housing

The government will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400m, it was announced yesterday (16 May 2018)
Electrical Safety

Charity highlights the need for people to use registered electricians

Electrical Safety First has just launched a major consumer campaign to highlight the need for people to use registered electricians – with research showing putting cash before competence is a false economy

RIBA: UK must build flood resilient homes

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (3 May) published a new report outlining what the Government needs to do to help create homes and communities that are resilient to flood damage

New research exposes ‘inadequate’ industry fire certification

Research conducted on behalf of the insurance industry following the Grenfell Tower fire has exposed the ‘utter inadequacy’ of the laboratory tests currently used to check and certify the fire safety of building materials
roofing guidance

TRA releases updated roofing guidance for housebuilders

The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has published a new roofing guidance for housebuilders. How to Build Compliant Spandrel Panels, which is endorsed by the NHBC, has been updated to include information about single-skin cladding for spandrel panels
cladding systems

Government to consult on proposals to toughen testing for cladding systems

Stricter new rules designed to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings were published for consultation yesterday (11 April) by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid
external wall insulation

The factors behind external wall insulation failures

With cladding under the spotlight, Paul Valentine, Technical Excellence Director at the British Board of Agrément, discusses the factors behind external wall insulation failures and how they can be addressed
working groups

Dame Judith Hackitt hears considerations from industry working groups

Dame Judith Hackitt hosted a meeting of the Chairs of the working groups which were formed following the Independent Review’s interim report publication in December and Summit meeting in January
Cavity Barriers

Cavity Barriers in External Walls

Premier Guarantee’s Facades Technical Standards Director, Clive Everett, answers the most frequently asked questions about fire in buildings and cavity barriers in external walls

In the shadow of Grenfell

The Grenfell Tower fire has prompted a nationwide examination of cladding used on high-rise towers. But who is responsible for dealing with the cost of replacing potentially dangerous materials? Daniel Stern of Slater Heelis examines where the law stands.

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