$1.5 Million DOE Grant Targets Engineering of Cyanobacteria as Biofuel Production Platform

Research is key to future success. A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering...

England: Planning for the Future – a new, faster, simpler planning system

WOBO welcomes proposals that communities will have the ability to introduce local design codes. The Office for Place and Advisory Board The government’s Planning for the Future proposals set out a package of reforms for a new, faster, simpler planning system. The reforms propose that local authorities...

British Standards: PAS 2038:2021 Retrofitting non-domestic buildings for improved energy efficiency

WOBO Governor David Gibson acknowledges the support provided by British Standards and their link to the free webinar. This webinar helps you tackle commercial building energy retrofits with confidence. On 25 August at 12:00 – 13:00 UK time they are launching PAS 2038:2021, a new...

WSSET: News and articles

WOBO thanks WSSET for their update.   WSSET provide a series of online lectures but they are only available to members.  Membership is free, contact the Secretary Celia Berry, feel free to let her know you received the information via the World Organisation Of Building Official’s...

England: The Building Safety Levy

Safety costs! WOBO recognises the “need for safety” and that the “need” relates to the nature of the development – high rise buildings? This consultation seeks views on the design of a proposed levy on developers who seek regulatory permission to build certain high rise...

ICC: Launch of Code on a Mission Challenge

Energy Conservation – WOBO welcomes the ICC initiative. This week, the International Code Council launched its “Code on a Mission” challenge which aims to have over one-third of the U.S. population covered by the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the end of 2023....

BSI-125: Concrete Basement Foundations

Basements – back to the basics! The Building Science Corporation is a building science consulting and full service architecture firm with clients throughout North America. Building Science Corporation specializes in building technology consulting. Their focus is preventing and resolving problems related to building design, construction...

Health and Safety: Protecting lone workers

As professionals we are responsible not only for our individual safety but also the safety of others.   Lone workers can be at greater risk of harm as they may not have anyone to help or support them if things go wrong. WOBO appreciates this apt...

Scotland: Consultation – Review of Energy Standards in Building Regulations

WOBO is pleased to provide a link to energy standards and developments taking place in Scotland. Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure. Overview Scottish building regulations set minimum standards applicable to new buildings...

CROSS UK: Safety of structures in the climate emergency

WOBO thanks CROSS for the opportunity for its members and fellow professionals to share their experiences of climate emergency related safety issues. CROSS has launched a dedicated Theme Page on the safety of structures during the climate emergency to collate information around this important and...

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