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...

A Business Roadmap to Net Zero

WOBO thanks renewable energy for the link to the Reuters IMPACT event in October – apply for your complimentary ticket. Reuters are excited to invite you to Reuters IMPACT (Oct 4-7), a unique virtual event broadcasted globally, connecting business CEOs and Heads of State to provide economically viable...

Legislation, Regulations: “It’s all in the words isn’t it”

Safety is about conformity.  Does the language achieve this or create confusion?  Governor David Gibson has been looking at the terms used within the UK Regulatory System, in particular the wording such as “reasonable”, “adequate”, “minimum standards”, and the difficulties relating to what is reasonable...

ABCB: A discussion paper in response to the Building Confidence Report (BCR) is now open for public consultation.

Australia – Practitioners Compulsory Continuing Professional Development on the National Construction Code? Recommendation 3 of the BCR is that each jurisdiction requires all practitioners to undertake compulsory continuing professional (CPD) on the National Construction Code (NCC). In response, the BCR Implementation Team has developed draft national model...

BBA: Certification and responses to both the Industry and the Public

WOBO thanks the BBA for the opportunity for its members and fellow professionals to review the actions proposed for certification. The BBA carried out a survey in respect of their certification systems and developments in response to the Building Safety Bill and WOBO recognises their ...

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