Gaining traction over the past two years and driven by existing and predicted labour shortages, building information modelling (BIM) and wider advances in manufacturing technology, materials and automation, offsite modern construction methods (MMC) is becoming the way forward for commercial projects, where a focus on speed, quality and cost certainty is paramount. Despite demonstrating benefits [...]
Government implements Ban on Combustible Materials, New Part B amendments and Action by Councils to correct non compliant Approvals
In addition to the Legislation and Guidance changes, the Government has issued a statement that enables Local Authorities to take enforcement action of existing buildings, potentially somewhat ironic, but a very serious matter in that the Local Council Building Control are now empowered to enforce correction of inappropriate cladding and insulant medium that they too themselves have approved, on some Private and the Local Authority Buildings.
Building Standards Compliance and Fire Safety – a consultation on making Scotland’s buildings safer for people
The consultation seeks to obtain the views and opinions of stakeholders on a review of building and fire safety regulatory frameworks in order to help ensure the safety
You will recall prior to the Coalition conservative Government, that Part L was on a ‘Road to Zero Carbon’, with the signig of the Climate Change act, varuous editions of Part L were up lifted at approximately three yearly intervals, with goals of Dwellings being Zero carbon by 2016, Commercial buildings by 2019.
Guidance in this Circular Letter applies to buildings and building work in England. The MHCLG has issued a Circular Letter that is principally relevant to projects for which a full plans application is made or initial notice submitted from this date - 10th September 2018.
The MHCLG has issued a consultation document proposing amendments to both Volumes of Approved Document B to align with proposals (under consultation itself) to Ban Combustible in the External Walls of High Rise Residential Buildings and issues highlighted following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy.
The Secretary of State announced the launch of a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.
The ACAI (Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors) have formed an initial response to the Dame Judith Hackett report representing the voice of approved inspectors.