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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.

Innovation

Prefabricated timber frame party wall system to be developed

Plans for the first prefabricated timber frame party wall system are among the first projects set to be developed via funding from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre… Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) launched in 2014 with the aim of developing and supporting innovation in the construction sector. It receives backing...

Access awareness brings bottom-line benefits

Awareness is the key to opening up buildings and facilities to disabled people. If you know what sort of needs disabled people have, and how those needs can be met – and denied – then you have a better chance of ensuring your organisation is inclusive.
NHBC updates guidance for leaky basements

NHBC updates guidance for leaky basements

An extra chapter has been added to the technical standards for waterproofing basements following widespread problems… The National House Building Council (NHBC) has added a new section to the 2016 edition of the NHBC Standards pertaining to basements. Leaky basements are becoming a significant problem in new homes, with the issue...
Planning and Building Control Today Northern Ireland is now live!

Planning and Building Control Today Northern Ireland is now live!

Welcome to the September edition of Planning and Building Control Today – Northern Ireland.
New partnership for building quality launched

New partnership for building quality launched

Two major construction organisations have forged a new partnership that will recognise quality builders… The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Local Authority Building Control (LABC) have launched a new partnership to recognise building quality. The FMB is the largest construction employers’ organisation. Together with the LABC, which provides building control...
Concrete strengthens resilience to fire and floods

Concrete strengthens resilience to fire and floods

Engineering resilience needn’t be rocket science. The challenge for designers is to be aware of the issues, and to think ahead, as Jenny Burridge and Guy Thompson from The Concrete Centre explain…   In fire, concrete performs well – both as an engineered structure, and as a material in its own...
BSRIA has relaunched a topic guide for airtightness as part of a drive to provide information and answer key questions…

Airtightness topic guide published

BSRIA has relaunched a topic guide for airtightness as part of a drive to provide information and answer key questions… The first release of the BSRIA’s ‘At a Glance’ series is now available and will cover the topic airtightness. This is defined in the guide as the “uncontrolled flow of air through gaps...
Landscape industry CDM 2015 guidance agreed

Landscape industry CDM 2015 guidance agreed

CDM 2015 guidance has been agreed between the Landscape Industry and the Health and Safety Executive… The Landscape Institute and Health and Safety Executive have agreed guidance relating to the application of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The guidance involves  landscape and maintenance works. The guidance will see the...
Update for building standards

Update for building standards

Building standards are set to undergo a consultation to develop a new framework for BREEAM assessment… A consultation will take place on a draft Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF), it has emerged. Experts from the horticulture and landscape sector will give their views to develop ecological criteria for the Building Research...
Taking the Building Regulations Online

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…
Durability challenges for new and existing reinforced concrete structures

Durability challenges for new and existing reinforced concrete structures

Concrete and reinforced/pre-stressed concrete is and will be the main construction material for civil engineering infrastructure, ETH Zurich explains...
Amendments to Building Regulations are set to come into force in October

Amendments to Building Regulations set to come into force in October

Amendments to Building Regulations will come into force on 1 October 2015. Planning and Building Control Today outlines what to expect... Earlier this year the government announced a number of changes it plans to implement in relation to building regulations. These amendments are set to come into force in October...

BS 8895-2 – Reducing waste during building projects

New standard helps construction sector reduce waste during building projects... BSI, the business standards company, has published BS 8895-2 Designing for material efficiency in building projects – Part 2: Code of practice for Concept Design and Developed Design. Reducing and managing waste is high on the UK’s Sustainability agenda, particularly...
Belfast builder sentenced over substandard extension work

Belfast builder sentenced over substandard extension work

A Belfast builder has been sentenced to community service after failing to complete two house extensions to a professional standard... Peter Hales, who was trading as 858 Building Services of Parklands, Belfast, was accused of undertaking substandard building work on two separate properties. The first complainant paid Hales £25,500 to build...
RICS Building Control conference

RICS Building Control conference

The RICS will host a conference dedicated to building control in Birmingham on the 22 September... A one day conference dedicated to building control is set to take place in Birmingham on 22 September. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said the event will provide a greater understanding of...
Implementing the Housing Standards Review

Implementing the Housing Standards Review

Paul Wilkins, Chair of the ACAI examines how the Housing Standards Review will be implemented by both building control and councils… October 2015 sees the implementation of the Housing Standards Review (HSR). This forms part of a number initiatives by the previous government to reduce planning and regulatory barriers in...
Warranties vs Insurance – which cover is best?

Warranties vs Insurance

Warranties vs Insurance – which cover is best? Kim Vernau, chief executive officer at BLP Insurance explains There is, and always has been, debate in the construction industry around warranties and insurances and just which one is best under the circumstances. The truth is that both are just as important...
warranties

Warranties vs Insurance – which cover is best?

Kim Vernau, Chief Executive Officer at BLP Insurance explains which is best, warranties or insurance?
Housing

Implementing the Housing Standards Review

Paul Wilkins, Chair of the ACAI examines how the Housing Standards Review will be implemented by both building control and councils
The underlying requirement and guidance in BS 7543:2015

The underlying requirement and guidance in BS 7543:2015

Stephanie Kosandiak, Lead Programme Manager at BSI and Kathryn Bourke, Technical Author of building components durability standard, BS 7543 discuss its fit with service life planning standards… Current government policy aims to reduce carbon emissions by 2050 by 80% (from the 1990 baseline). One way to achieve this is by...

A crossroads for Building Control and fire engineering professions

The FIA Fire Engineering Council highlight the current confusion surrounding Regulation 9 and the options for both Building Control and the fire engineering professions to reach a firm conclusion… High level discussions are taking place between Government, CICAIR and the professional bodies regarding current interpretation of Regulation 9 (Conflicts of...
NHBC: Building control for major builders

NHBC: Building control for major builders

A recent discussion with major builders and the NHBC provided guidance and clarification surrounding the Housing Standards Review and its impact on the industry. PBC Today Editor Lisa Carnwell reports on the meeting and its outcomes… I was kindly invited to join the NHBC Building Control Industry Support Group (BCISG)...
Structural warranty -- a guarantee of quality

Structural warranty — a guarantee of quality

PBC Today sheds light on the structural warranty market and how it can guarantee a level of quality for newly built homes and commercial builds… 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...
Global body launched to standardise building costs

Global body launched to standardise building costs

More than 30 professional bodies will work together to standardise the cost of building on a global scale... In an attempt to create global building cost standards a group of experts from across the world have come together. The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) coalition was launched last month at the...
Engineered fire safety

Engineered fire safety

Adrian Pargeter, Head of Technical and Product Development for Kingspan Insulation details how to reach compliance for fire safety concerning external wall constructions of buildings over 18m high… There has been some confusion in the industry recently about the use of combustible materials within the external wall constructions of buildings...
New guidance for building control will raise standards

New guidance for building control will raise standards

Experts from the Institution of Civil Engineers have published new guidance aimed at raising building control standards... Engineers in the construction industry will benefit from new guidance designed to improve Building Control approval submissions under Part A of the Building Regulations, and their equivalent in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. The...

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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.