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.

The evolution of Party Walls

Masonry party walls have seen many changes over the years, driven by the need to improve acoustic performance, prevent thermal bypass and reduce the cost of installation. Tom Foster, senior product manager at Saint- Gobain Isover, looks at the evolution of the masonry party wall and how Isover have...

Thermal bridging: Confidence in accreditation

Addressing the thermal bypass and bridge dilemma can be difficult, especially when dealing with the bridging aspect. John Tebbit, Managing Director, Robust Details Ltd examines the challenges posed and the need for third party accreditation. Bridges and bypasses are well known to all road users. Indeed they are generally regarded...
quality

The benefits of certification

Dave Hall, Technical Academy Manager at British Gypsum, explains how a combination of independent product certifications and high quality training can help specifiers achieve their individual project requirements. When selecting materials for construction projects, specifiers have a wide range of solutions to choose from, with many providing particular technical characteristics,...

The energy Performance Gap conundrum

The latest report from the Zero Carbon Hub on the energy Performance Gap project, highlights some concerns in addition to specifying areas for further examination. Planning and Building Control Today provide a brief overview of the project so far. In the April edition of Planning and Building Control Today, Rob...
The importance of insulating school buildings

The importance of insulating school buildings

Tony Millichap, Technical Manager at Kingspan Insulation Ltd discusses the significance of insulating school buildings in line with building regulations. With pupil numbers on the rise, many schools are left with the difficult choice of remaining in overcrowded buildings, or expanding over what limited playground or playing fields are available....
property

Support for local developers and new home buyers

As developers face the ongoing challenges of the property market it is obvious that many will be looking for support, not only in land acquisition – or even disposal – but also in finding potential buyers. Yet, whilst there is often support out there, it can come from an array...

Construction costs lowered for householders

Proposals to save householders thousands of pounds off the cost of building their own home announced. Charges would be scrapped that require a large payment and add considerable costs for people wanting to build their own home or developers looking to build a small number of properties. These reforms will...

A good week for the construction Industry

Rob Oliver, Chief Executive, CEA (Construction Equipment Association) talks about the recent Budget and how it affects the construction equipment sector. In his HS2 Plus report, Sir David Higgins, started the process of turning up the pressure on politicians to approve the necessary regulatory framework to get the HS2 show...

NBS pioneering automated checking of Building Regulations

NBS, in partnership with model checking software pioneers Solibri and the UK’s largest built environment compliance consultancy Butler & Young, has completed a pilot project to demonstrate how currently available tools can be used to automate checking of Building Regulations Approved Documents compliance in a Building Information Model. The...
connected

BIM: Connecting the content

Ian Chapman Director of The National BIM Library at NBS discusses the importance of organised and connected information for successful implementation of BIM. Through Building Information Modelling (BIM), the construction industry is undergoing a digital revolution. Tools are developing rapidly, processes are changing and this will all lead to increased...
standard

Installing new standards in homes

National House-Building Council (NHBC) sheds light on the new research guidance on MVHR, and the new standard to improve future installations. According to analysis, the move towards higher levels of energy efficiency in new homes and improved air tightness has led to around a quarter of new homes built being...

Sustaining Regeneration

Seeking the right mix... Local authorities have tended to shape their regeneration plans around largescale developments, persuaded by the size of the investment promised and hoping to transform their town centre in one hit. However, even if you can attract a major player to build in your town, their focus...
skills centre

All new construction skills centre launched

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet have approved plans to establish a construction skills centre in the borough The specialist skills centre based in Kidbrooke will add to the growing number of local centres of excellence, where residents can gain skills and training qualifications in key sectors. The centre would...
changes

CIL Reform: good news for housing

Marnix Elsenaar, Partner at Addleshaw Goddard explains what the changes to the CIL Regulations will mean. Another round of changes to the CIL Regulations was proposed by the Government in 2013 delivering good news for the housing sector with the changes expected to become law by the end of January...

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