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.

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...
Designing steel portal frame buildings to Eurocode 3

Designing steel portal frame buildings to Eurocode 3

Dr Richard Henderson, Manager of the Advisory Desk at the SCI discusses the new SCI document P399 which provides a guide for the design of steel portal frame buildings… In 2013, approximately 45% of the UK consumption of constructional steelwork in the UK was used in single-storey buildings for industrial,...
Following the correct party wall procedures

Following the correct party wall procedures

James Jackson, Head of Training and Education with the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors emphasises the correct procedures to follow under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996… Ensuring that correct procedures are put in place to guarantee that the service of party wall notices and their subsequent awards are valid...
Proactive building control

Proactive building control

Paul Wilkins, Chair of the ACAI outlines the benefits of a proactive building control service delivering competence and independence in the construction sector… There is no doubt that building control as a professional service has evolved over the last 20 years or so into a highly valued proactive part of...
Construction slows down in the run up to election

Construction slows down in the run up to election

Figures from the Markit/CIPS construction PMI survey have revealed the impact of the election on the sector... Perhaps it is unsurprising that in the run up to the General Election the construction sector saw a slowdown. The Markit/CIPS construction PMI survey, which is used to decipher the growth of the sector,...
EWI

The INCA Manifesto – A future for EWI

INCA has published a manifesto ahead of the General Election calling on any future government to set out a clear role for EWI
electrical Safety

New regulations miss electrical danger

Phil Buckle, Director General at the campaigning charity Electrical Safety First explains why the government’s response to the review of the Private Rented Sector lost an opportunity to protect both landlords and tenants
The issue of fees for a party wall

The issue of fees for a party wall

Sara Burr, Chair of The Pyramus and Thisbe Club warns of the potential under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 of escalating fees should a dispute arise… In the main, The Party Wall etc Act 1996, when followed correctly, is an effective means of allowing works to proceed and can...
The structural Eurocodes

The structural Eurocodes

Dr Graham Couchman, CEO of the Steel Construction Institute details the evolution of Eurocodes and what they mean for today’s practitioners… The lineage of international collaboration of organisations that has led to the current Eurocodes can be traced back to the 1950s. This history is well explained in an excellent...

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