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.

BWF publishes new guidance for Part Q compliance

The British Woodworking Federation has published new technical guidance for door and window manufacturers.

Lobbyist call for SuDS clause in Housing Bill

Civil engineers and architects are lobbying to ensure housing legislation will protect homes from flooding… A number of organisations have joined together to ensure flood prevention control measures form part of the Housing and Planning Bill. Among the lobbying group is the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Institution of...

Edinburgh schools consortium self-certified the construction

The private consortium behind the 17 unsafe schools reportedly self-certified the construction, rather than a council inspector… Last week it came to light that 17 schools across Edinburgh were structurally unsafe. Now, city chiefs have confirmed the buildings were not inspected by the council. Instead, the private finance consortium behind...

Building Control – a look ahead at the challenges

Paul Wilkins, Chair of the ACAI and Chief Executive at Butler and Young Group, summarises the latest developments and challenges for the building control sector Building Control is now enjoying a quiet period before the results of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment enquiry into...

Structural faults see 17 Edinburgh schools close

Structural concerns have led to a number of schools across Edinburgh closing over safety fears… A number of schools across Edinburgh have been closed after the private consortium involved in the construction and maintenance admitted the safety of the buildings may be in question. The Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) built the...

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,...

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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.