Building Control News

All building work carried out should meet current building regulations and code requirements. Building Control Services ensures that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the Building Regulations and associated legislation.
It is the responsibility of those carrying out the work to ensure that the provisions of the regulations are fully met. The role of Building Control is only to check that they do so.
The primary function of a Building Control service is to protect people’s health and safety in the built environment.
PBC's Building Control News category highlights a range of topical articles within the sector, from cladding system pieces to regulatory advisory.

Purple Tuesday

UK launches first ‘Purple Tuesday’ to improve shopping for disabled

Today see’s the launch of “Purple Tuesday” as high street retailers are being urged to do more to help disabled shoppers
review of Building Regulations

Hackitt: Impossible to rule out another Grenfell without regulatory change

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of the independent review of Building Regulation and fire safety, has warned that without changes to the regulatory system, another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire cannot be ruled out.
disabled drivers

Are city centres measuring up? Truly accessible parking is essential for disabled drivers

The Centre for Accessible Environments discusses the findings of an audit in York that examined the provision of adequate, appropriate parking.
Insurance for construction

Insurance for construction and engineering projects

We take a look at the different types of insurance that may be required or upheld in connection with a construction and engineering project.
dementia-friendly home

BRE and Loughborough Uni complete first phase of dementia-friendly home

The first phase of a new dementia-friendly home on BRE’s Watford Innovation Park, has been completed, having been further developed in partnership by BRE and experts from Loughborough University
waterproof concrete

The use of admixtures to waterproof concrete: Part 4

James McDonald of Cementaid discusses the various methods of testing the water permeability of concrete to consider when specifying a product.
cavity wall

The science behind the best insulation retrofits

Rob McCormack, director of Consultancy, Investigation, Training, discusses the key issues to address to ensure the successful installation of cavity wall insulation
waterproofing Systems

The importance of having basement waterproofing systems

“Basement waterproofing” is the generic name given to using a variety of techniques to prevent water from penetrating into a basement. Having a basement waterproofed correctly will ensure that a damp, dark cellar can be converted into dry, habitable space.
edwardian buildings

The Endangered List: Charting the UK’s at-risk buildings

The Victorian Society’s 2018 list of endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings highlights historically important structures in need of urgent care.
cladding replacement

Bellway to pay up to £6m for cladding replacement on residential blocks

Bellway is to pay an estimated £6m for the replacement of aluminium composite (ACM) cladding on two of its residential blocks
100% Hackitt

BBA and LABC urge industry to back 100% Hackitt

100% Hackitt – an industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith's report – has been launched by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA)
cladding systems, high-rise buildings, remediation work,

Cladding remediation plans still unclear for 129 high-rise buildings

Only 39 of the 457 high-rise buildings around England with similar cladding systems to Grenfell Tower have been made safe, according to records compiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)
Hackitt Review

Opinion: The case for “Hackitt Plus”

The Hackitt Review represents an important moment for the construction industry – but do we need to be more critical in how we respond to it and perhaps go further than even Dame Judith suggests? Paul Wilkins of the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) makes his case
Masonry

Rainwater penetration and reducing heat loss

Peter Cox Ltd, the UK's leading Damp, Woodworm, Rot and Rising Damp specialists, details its masonry solution to reduce rainwater penetration and combat heat loss

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