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.

Section 237: Extinguishing the right to light

Tom Kibblewhite, Director for Watts Group PLC draws attention to Section 237 of The Town & Country Planning Act 1990, which gives local authorities the power to extinguish right to light and how to exercise the power appropriately… As discussed in a previous article in PBC Today, October 2015, Rights...

Cheshire councils join forces to improve building control services

Two Cheshire Councils have entered a new agreement aimed at streamlining building regulations services… Cheshire East Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have joined forces to improve building regulation services for the area. It is hoped the agreement between the two authorities will provide greater flexibility and efficiency. The agreement means...

Opportunities outweigh cost of designing for disabled people

Ian Streets, of About Access Ltd outlines why designing with access in mind is vital within the construction process... When it comes to priority parking spaces the signs are easy to see, and the cost implications are clear. But the financial impact of failing to meet the needs of disabled people...

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...
measuring performance

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.
efficiency

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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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.