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.

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UKAS accredited fire testing facility to transform construction industry

Fire safety specialists Efectis France and Ulster University have opened a new full-scale UKAS accredited fire testing facility in the Jordanstown Campus.

Summer heatwave sparks £64m subsidence claims

More than 10,000 households made claims worth a total of £64m to deal with the impact of subsidence in just three months of this year, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has revealed.
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Birmingham join National Building Approval scheme to combat crime

Birmingham City Council has joined the National Building Approval scheme to incorporate crime prevention techniques into all its new social housing developments.
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Contractor awarded £16m Stonehaven flood protection scheme

Northern Ireland-based McLaughlin & Harvey has been appointed to deliver a £16m flood protection scheme for Stonehaven.
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Councils welcome combustible cladding ban – but fire chiefs call for more

A ban on combustible materials being used on new high-rise buildings and support to help councils remove aluminium cladding from private residences have been welcomed by local authorities - but fire chiefs have called on the government to do more.
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Government issues ban on combustible materials for high-rise homes

The government has issued a ban on the use of combustible materials on new high-rise homes and has given its support to local authorities to carry out emergency remediation work.
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FPA calls on Government to consider smoke toxicity in building products

New research on the smoke toxicity of building cladding, published by The Fire Protection Association (FPA), calls on the government to consider the role that toxicity should play in product approvals before making its final decision on combustible building materials.
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Grenfell Tower tragedy dents confidence in councils, poll suggests

A new poll has revealed doubts over plans to give local authorities more power to oversee the safety of high-rise buildings, following the Grenfell Tower fire.
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Labour investigation reveals only 4% of London council blocks have sprinklers

A Labour Party investigation into fire safety in tall tower blocks has discovered that just 4% of London’s high rise council housing blocks have sprinklers installed.

Trade association calls for consistent approach to acoustics in homes

The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) has called for a more consistent approach to acoustics to protect society from the impact of excess noise.
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Making the most of SuDS

Martin Lambley, product manager for stormwater at Wavin, explains how the effective use of sustainable urban drainage solutions (SuDS) can support change in the ways we plan, design and build towns and cities.
Purple Tuesday

UK launches first ‘Purple Tuesday’ to improve shopping for disabled

Today see’s the launch of “Purple Tuesday” as high street retailers are being urged to do more to help disabled shoppers
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Hackitt: Impossible to rule out another Grenfell without regulatory change

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of the independent review of Building Regulation and fire safety, has warned that without changes to the regulatory system, another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire cannot be ruled out.
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Are city centres measuring up? Truly accessible parking is essential for disabled drivers

The Centre for Accessible Environments discusses the findings of an audit in York that examined the provision of adequate, appropriate parking.

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