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.

The Party Wall compensation trap

The Party Wall compensation trap

Chairman of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors (FPWS), Alex Frame, provides advice regarding underpinning and a compensation trap to avoid. I have always advocated and taught faculty members not to agree to underpin an Adjoining Owner’s property. My reasoning being, particularly with regards to partial underpinning, that problems will...
Building a more accessible future

Building a more accessible future

The retail and hospitality industry have been challenged to increase the levels of accessibility for disabled people. Chris Moriarty, Head of Insights and Corporate Affairs at BIFM examines the challenge ahead. The beginning of December saw a report published by a government backed audit of over 30,000 businesses, which aimed...
Utility Networks (UN) – a division of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) looks at how to avoid construction delays due to utility connection issues

Utility connections for new build projects

Utility Networks (UN) – a division of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) looks at how to avoid construction delays due to utility connection issues. Organising utility connections is often cited as the single most common cause of delay in construction projects. The reality is that they have a better...
Looking forward –Westminster and fire?

Looking forward – Westminster and fire?

Graham Ellicot, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) looks at the current government departments that have a concern over fire policy, and what impact the next general election may have. It’s an interesting time in politics at the moment with the rise of UKIP and the likelihood that the...
Overcoming basement construction problems

Overcoming basement construction problems

The boom in basement construction has uncovered areas of concern. Marc Separovic, NHBC Technical Projects Manager discusses the issues and how designers can overcome construction and waterproofing problems. Basement projects remain a cause of concern in the house building industry. With the current inflation in house prices, and limited availability...
The role of third surveyors in party wall matters

The role of third surveyors in party wall matters

James Jackson, Head of Training and Education with the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors outlines how third surveyors are selected in party wall matters and what their role involves. Many practicing party wall surveyors are selected to act as a third surveyor and yet do not get to know that...
Composite bridges could save millions

Composite bridges could save millions

Utilising the latest aircraft technology to build a new generation of bridges can save millions, according to a leading construction consultant company. Composite bridges could save millions of pounds. The technology, which is used in aircraft construction, was recently used to build the UK's first composite road bridge. Crossing the...
The role of the Third Surveyor in Party Wall matters

The role of the Third Surveyor in Party Wall matters

James Jackson, Head of Training and Education with the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors outlines the role of the Third Surveyor in Party Wall matters. Previously, my colleague Alex Frame and I have provided information and guidance about party wall matters via “a message to Local Authorities”, “Creating a paper...

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...

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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.