HSE: Fire safety in construction – roles and responsibilities

The HSE Construction eBulletin: October 2020  provides an update in respect of construction fire safety and provides a direct link to the advertisment for the role of the  Chief Inspector of Buildings to lead the new Building Safety Regulator (closes 6 November). The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Managing Risk Well Working...

LABC Warranty – Technical update

LABC Warranty have published updated, additional guidance on the use of rendering on different substrates. The guidance also includes specification and quality assurance guidance on site-made renders, together with a specification pro-forma you can hand to your risk management surveyor. They  have also published a...

Elmhurst submits response to draft PAS 2038 for the Retrofit of Non-Domestic Buildings

Dwellings, energy efficiency improvement – a move towards the retrofit plan. Many of you will know about PAS 2035, the domestic retrofit specification that was published by BSI, including direct from input from Elmhurst. It outlines the functions of Retrofit Assessors, Retrofit Coordinators and the...

Performance-Based Structural Fire Design

Performance based design, an alternative to prescriptive requirements. Abstract Prepared by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers Performance-Based Structural Fire Design presents recommended alternatives to the prescriptive procedures for structural fire design of buildings as described in the nationally adopted...

Fire Safety: UK problem? – Global issues?

Fire Safety is a major problem, failures can be within the design, construction and inspection of the built environment.  We must get it right!! Fire issues are a major concern within the UK and I would like to thank Anthony Walker for providing the information...

UN Habitat – World Cities Day 31 October 2020

WOBO, as an Affiliate of the UN-Habitat, is pleased to provide an update of “Urban October”.  The theme of World Cities Day 2020 is Valuing our Communities and Cities. More information including concept notes, key messages, round tables and much more is available here. Urban October...

UK: Fire Safety – changes for the future?

Fire Safety is key, however, regulatory changes are often piecemeal and go without challenge until disaster strikes.  This situation has occurred in conjunction with the Grenfell Tower incident. WOBO Governor David Gibson has been granted permission from Dr Jonathan Evans, Chairman and CEO, Ash and...

England: Planning Permitted Development Rights

As a stimulation to development, the planning system in England has been adapted to allow changes to existing buildings, extensions, change of use and the LandTech guide provides a reference point. In our free eBook, we show you how to use permitted development rights correctly,...

Australia: Net Zero Energy Demand Homes

Australia invests in Net Zero construction. Frasers Property Australia will build 51 medium density energy efficient homes to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving zero energy demand homes at scale. Net Zero Energy Demand homes have the potential to reduce energy costs for homeowners and residents...

Dame Judith Hackitt: Fire safety: Change now to survive

Current and proposed regulatory changes will form a significant shift in the consideration of new build and alterations to existing buildings – WOBO members and fellow professionals will be key in supporting both the changes and reinforcing the “cultural shift” required within the industry.   ...

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