UK: Building Safety Bill Round-Up for 2021

WOBO thanks “barbour” for the Fire Safety update.  We are delighted to share our brand-new eBook with you! The Building Safety Bill Round-Up will provide you with a comprehensive round up of key information about the Bill and some of the key terms and provisions it introduces. Download your...

Free Webinar: Addressing Emerging Technologies in the Building Industry

WOBO thanks ICC Global for their initiatives. Join the International Code Council’s Global Membership Council for the third webinar in a series focused on global building safety issues. The webinar, Incorporating Emerging Technologies in the Building Industry – Addressing Design, Performance, and Regulatory Challenges, will be...

Bureau Veritas validates wind-assisted propulsion system for 1,800 TEU container ship

Sails up! Testing, inspection, and certification company Bureau Veritas (BV) has delivered an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Zéphyr & Boréefor its first open-top 1,800 TEU containership, demonstrating the feasibility of using wind-propelled wing-sails on this type of vessel. The 185 metre-long container vessel is designed with five...

Fire detection system designed to ‘detect fire before cladding is breached’ removes waking watch patrols in ‘high risk’ buildings

WOBO Governor David Gibson thanks IFSEC GLOBAL for their update. “Said to be able to detect fire before cladding is breached, Intelliclad’s internal fire alarm system is designed to remove the need for waking watch patrols, and has recently been installed in two apartment buildings...

UK: Ministers urged to reveal whether dangerous cladding tested in the early 2000s was used at Grenfell

Clarification – time and space. Safety expert, Dr Jonathan Evans, is demanding ministers disclose whether ‘highly dangerous’ cladding that failed fire tests commissioned by the Government in 2002, was used at Grenfell Tower. In September 2021, the BBC uncovered details of cladding products that failed...

Reuters: Whitepaper Powering Europe towards a hydrogen economy by 2050

WOBO thanks Jon Harman, Head of Renewables, Energy Division, for the link to the Whitepaper. European electricity markets saw soaring prices because of the cost of fossil fuels. The high cost of natural gas signalled an urgent need to move towards more sustainable fuels, and...

Australia: ABCB Model Guidance

WOBO recognises and appreciates the support provided by model guidance. The ABCB has released a series of best practice model guidance publications in response to the Building Confidence Report At the request of Building Ministers, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) prepared model guidance in response to...

Reimagining the ICC Performance Code

Performance is always subject to review. WOBO was pleased to receive an update on Reimagining the ICCPC. “We have recently added a number of informational resources to the project website https://lnkd.in/dDByAuN in the form of useful websites, online resources, and media presentations. The useful websites point...

BBA appointed as UK’s first UKTA (UK Technical Assessment) Body

WOBO Governor David Gibson congratulates BBA on their success. The British Board of Agrément has been given the greenlight to commence the issuing of UK Technical Assessments (UKTAs) – the first Technical Assessment Body in the UK to be able to do so. Confirmed by the...

OHIO Building Officials Annual Meeting 2021

Collaboration is key to the future!! President Paul Myers with OBOA (Ohio) and WOBO Member Jeffrey Rettberg at the Annual meeting of the Ohio Building Officials Association.  The Annual Meeting of the Ohio Building Officials returned as a face-to-face event after the covid hiatus.  The...

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