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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. PBCToday's Building Control News category highlights a range of topical articles within the sector, from cladding system pieces to regulatory advisory.

The new housing standards: Are they fit for purpose?

Jean Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments examines the new housing standards and explains how we can achieve accessibility in our housing stock to meet the needs of our diverse and ageing population… Housing is never out of the news these days – the lack of it, the...

Is there a place for electric heating in the UK?

Paul Bennett, registered professional energy consultant with the Energy Institute and Executive Chairman of BSSEC, looks at the technologies available for electric heating and the building regulations you should be aware of… As a technology, electric heating has been with us since the invention of electricity in the late 1800’s...

A look at party walls and neighbourly matters

Sara Burr FRICS, director of the party wall department at GVA Schatunowski Brooks looks at the importance of party walls and neighbourly matters to the smooth delivery of projects... More and more we are being asked to advise on 'neighbourly matters' generally, in addition to party walls. So who can...

iApply introduces a step-change to the planning and building control sectors

Chris Kendall, Digital Strategy Lead at Idox outlines how the new digital platform iApply is bringing benefits to the planning and building control sectors... Idox, a leading supplier of software, services and digital engagement to the public sector and increasingly to highly regulated asset intensive industries around the world in the wider corporate...

The benefits of housing warranty insurance

BLP Insurance outline the benefits of housing warranty insurance, and why it is important for homeowners... A structural warranty provides the buyer of a residential property with insurance cover against the costs of putting right defects in the property that arise after completion of construction due to defective design, workmanship...

Self-Build Zone awarded NHBC structural warranties contract

Self-Build Zone has been awarded a long term contract with the NHBC as the sole supplier of structural warranties… NHBC has announced a new agreement with Self-Build Zone to provide structural warranties. The contract will see all self-build structural warranties and other site insurance enquiries directed to the insurance firm,...

New survey into Building Regulations Approved Documents

The Department for Communities and Local Government has commissioned NBS Research to explore how the Building Regulations Approved Documents can be made more user-friendly… The Building Regulations Approved Documents will undergo review, it has emerged. The documents, which provide guidance for the building sector, are downloaded over two million times...

Achieving balance between energy efficiency, comfort and ventilation

Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of The Property Care Association argues that buildings, irrespective of when they were built and with what, need to find the right balance between energy efficiency, comfort and ventilation… The UK has a rich and diverse range of buildings that make up the housing stock. We...
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New study reveals insights into gaps in building performance

The findings of an £8m study into the gaps between the expected and actual performance of buildings have been released A new study has revealed insights into difference in performance of building after construction when compared to the expected outcomes during the design process. This disparity is something that occurs across...

Why structural warranty is necessary

For many people, buying a new home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make. It is no surprise then that buyers are interested in warranties which promise to repair or replace certain elements of the home if necessary, within a certain time.
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Three initiatives for efficiency

Paul Wilkins, Chair of the ACAI details three recent initiatives that can improve the efficiency of what is already an effective and valued building control system… In my last article I mentioned two major political initiatives that provide an opportunity for building control to demonstrate its value. The 2nd of...
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A warranty for historic buildings?

Peter Ward, Partner at Heritage Consulting Ltd examines how traditional buildings can still meet warranty conditions after renovations have taken place, along with the different skill sets and knowledge required to undertake the work properly… As ‘Historic Building Surveyors’ our practise constantly deals with the clash between building regulations requirements,...

A milestone for timber specification

Adrian Young, Technical Editor, Exova BM TRADA hails the release of TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification – providing best practice guidelines for timber buildings… The UK Government’s chief construction adviser called it a “milestone” but what exactly does TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification (NSTS) mean for those at...

A first for fire safety – the Welsh message

NHBC outline the new regulations on fire safety in Wales, making it the first country in the world to require the installation of an automatic fire suppression system for all new houses and flats… In October 2013 The National Assembly for Wales passed new regulations to apply the Domestic Fire...
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Research hopes to improve the resilience of buildings

Research to improve the resilience of buildings against earthquakes has been tested in Japan on the tallest building to date… Researchers from the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) are investigating the impact of earthquakes on reinforced concrete. Japan suffers numerous earthquakes due to its proximity to...
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Training scheme launched for wheelchair accessibility

A new training scheme has been launched to help housing professionals understand the changes made relating to wheelchair accessible housing standards… The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has launched a new training course aimed at helping housing professionals understand new wheelchair accessible housing standards. Building regulations were changed in October to...

The building conversions challenge

Premier Guarantee outline the challenges faced when building conversions are not as simple as once imagined... Building conversions as we know are often difficult to complete, frequently with costs spiralling as unknown defects surface. Good and correct investigation can reduce the unknown, however we often see work proposed with minimal...
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A surveyor’s role in Rights of Light

Alistair Redler, Senior Partner at Delva Patman Redler LLP Chartered Surveyors draws attention to the surveyor’s role when matters concerning Rights of Light occur… In many fields of surveying there is often a lack of awareness among clients of the range of knowledge and experience held by surveyors in any...
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Taking the building regulations online

The team at SpecifiedBy recently converted the Building Regulations Approved Documents for England & Wales into web format. Founder Darren Lester talks through some of the benefits of this format…
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Fire safety regulations should be clarified

The fire sector and construction industry have called for changes to fire safety regulations to ensure greater clarity for the sector… The language used in the current Building Regulations and Guidance in Approved Document B is so obscure it is creating unnecessary confusion, according to two leading organisations. The Fire Sector...
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Your rights to light at a glance

Tom Kibblewhite, Director for Watts Group PLC provides an explanation of the right to light and the differences with what is termed daylight and sunlight amenity… Skylines across the UK are once again punctuated with the signs of construction and development; tower cranes and scaffolding are a welcome sight to...
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Security for expenses – advice and guidance for Party Wall Surveyors

James Jackson, Head of Training and Education with the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors details the issue of security within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996… The significance and importance of Section no. 12 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 received a considerable degree of prominence when the case...
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Building control on the political agenda

Paul Wilkins, Chair of the ACAI provides an update to the latest developments within building control and the role of Approved Inspectors in this increasingly politicised arena… These are indeed interesting times for us in the building control world with a number of new initiatives, political interest in our role,...
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CRA updates concrete repair standards

The Concrete Repair Association has released an update to the Standard Method of Measurement for Concrete Repair… Updated guidance has been published to assist the origination of clearer Bills of Quantities for concrete repair work. This will provide a uniform basis for measuring concrete repair. The document, which was released by...
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NHBC Building Control – celebrating 30 years

As NHBC celebrates its 30th anniversary, Diane Marshall, Head of Technical Services, looks back over the last 30 years, and how the changes implemented by the Housing Standard Review will impact the house building industry… In 1985, NHBC launched its Building Control service as the UK was on its way...
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The structural warranty safety net

Andrew MacLeod, Partner at Robin Simon outlines how the structural warranty provides a safety net for our most valuable assets… Mortgage lenders require newly built or converted residential property to be covered by a building standards indemnity scheme, also commonly referred to variously as structural warranties, new home warranty schemes,...

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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.

PBCToday’s Building Control News category highlights a range of topical articles within the sector, from cladding system pieces to regulatory advisory.