Net Zero Live – Webinars

WOBO members and fellow professionals have the opportunity to participate in “Net Zero Live” – Free Registration Join Building and Housing Today as they host a two-day live event consisting of webinars, exclusive research and insight, plus thought leadership, exclusively on the topic of net...

Scotland: Response to the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report

The Scottish Government have published their response to the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report. You can view it here https://bit.ly/3kGEgr0 Scottish Government response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations produced for Scottish Ministers by the Scottish Government Grenfell Inquiry Fire Safety Working Group (GIFSWG...

Presidents page – Paul Myers October 2020

Paul Myers provides an update of his participation at the UN-HABITAT’s “Global Observance of World Cities Day” the opportunities for WOBO members and fellow professionals to support the initiatives set out within the Roundtable discussions that centred on sustainability.  These issues can be supported through...

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...

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