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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.

A specifier’s guide to fasteners and fixings

Fasteners and fixings are very often forgotten about in the build chain, and are either a last-minute consideration or left to the contractor’s discretion. However, when fasteners are correctly specified from the outset, there are huge benefits down the line. Neil Kirwan, specification manager at SFS, explains.
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FPA calls for complete ban of combustible materials on buildings

The fire that engulfed the Cube in Bolton provides a stark reminder that the issues facing UK fire safety are the result of several problems, not just Grenfell-style ACM cladding, says the Fire Protection Association.
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Bolton student block blaze raises more cladding concerns

Cladding on student accommodation, The Cube in Bolton, is a cause for “concern” following a major blaze on Friday (15 November), says Greater Manchester's mayor.
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The new noise guidelines: What you need know

Changes to the World Health Organisation guidelines on noise mean that the impact of sound is becoming more important than ever. Anne Budd, a board member of the Association of Noise Consultants, gives an insight into some of the main points raised.
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World’s first national standard for flood protection products launched

The new national standard for flood protection products (BS851188) is now available to buyers all around the world.
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Grenfell Tower report blames cladding for fire’s spread

Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report has blamed ACM cladding for the fire spreading and recommends every owner/manager of high-rise residential buildings be required by law to provide their local fire service with information about the design.
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Protecting buildings from the effects of ice and freezing temperatures

Richard Walker, national technical and development manager at Peter Cox, offers some tips on protecting buildings from the effects of freezing weather.
Building Safety Regulator

Hackitt named government adviser on new Building Safety Regulator

Dame Judith Hackitt will provide independent advice to the government on how best to establish the powerful new Building Safety Regulator.
sprinkler systems,

The case for sprinkler systems in schools

Tilden Watson, head of education at Zurich Municipal, outlines the case for making the installation of sprinkler systems mandatory in all new build and majorly refurbished schools.
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Guidance on stair width requirements for communal areas in flats

To ensure stair widths in communal areas are both safe and accessible, it is vital to consider all related guidance and not just one areas in isolation, says Premier Guarantee.
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Fire and life safety-compliant facades

Alex Manning, associate director for fire and life safety at international consultancy AESG, discusses an event hosted by the firm looking at new guidance in the updated Approved Document B on the safe design of high-rise building facades.
Secondary glazing, Selectaglaze

Security secondary glazing: The unseen levels of security

Selectaglaze secondary glazing can provide an unseen level of security to any property. It creates a second barrier of protection from the inside that can prevent the most determined thief or protect the occupants from the effects of bomb blast.
concrete, admixtures,

The use of admixtures to waterproof concrete: Part 8

In his latest article, James McDonald of Cementaid looks at the issue of curing concrete, structural defects and the importance of knowing how to avoid problems occurring in the first place.
Timber and metal, BM trada

Metal and timber: Making the right connections

Moisture and acetic acid are the biggest threat to metals being used with timber. Richard White of BM TRADA explains the importance of correct specification.

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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.