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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.

The issue of fees for a party wall

The issue of fees for a party wall

Sara Burr, Chair of The Pyramus and Thisbe Club warns of the potential under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 of escalating fees should a dispute arise… In the main, The Party Wall etc Act 1996, when followed correctly, is an effective means of allowing works to proceed and can...
The structural Eurocodes

The structural Eurocodes

Dr Graham Couchman, CEO of the Steel Construction Institute details the evolution of Eurocodes and what they mean for today’s practitioners… The lineage of international collaboration of organisations that has led to the current Eurocodes can be traced back to the 1950s. This history is well explained in an excellent...
Bridging the performance gap

Bridging the performance gap

Buildings rarely perform as well as their designers predicted – energy consumption can be as much as double what was expected, so annual energy costs can also be doubled. This difference has become known as the performance gap, as explained by Andy Lewry of the BRE… Operators of commercial and...
Combustible cladding material on residential buildings

Combustible cladding material on residential buildings

The Building Control Alliance has recently published new guidance in respect of using combustible insulation materials to residential buildings over 18m in height. Steve Evans at NHBC outlines what this means. The Building Control Alliance has recently published new guidance in respect of using combustible insulation materials to residential buildings...
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...

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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.