Sustainability – Code Development and Enforcement

WOBO welcomes your response to Paul Myers’, WOBO President, conceptual paper on sustainability. Members and Fellow Professionals – we live in difficult times and it is essential that as professionals we strive to protect our resources and create effective, sustainable buildings for now and future...

England: Implementing the new Building Control Regime for Higher-Risk buildings and wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings.

WOBO notes the proposed regulatory changes for high risk buildings and buildings in general. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has just published two important consultations about the new building safety regime: Implementing the new Building Control Regime for Higher-Risk buildings and wider...

Defra makes moves to cut air pollution, but councils warn they ‘aren’t ambitious enough’

WOBO recognises the need to control air pollution. The UK Government is mandating that England’s highways authority works more closely with local councils to help reduce air pollution, but has refrained from strengthening widely-criticised targets on air pollution. In a move announced 18 August 2022,...

Reports: Logging and fires causing high levels of forest loss in the Amazon and beyond

WOBO recognises the need to protect our natural environment and the limited resources available. Brazil’s national space research institute has tracked levels of deforestation broadly consistent with last summer, when levels hit a 15-year high. Elsewhere, researchers in the US have documented a doubling of...

UK: Ladder Conference – Thursday 20 October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon

WOBO supports safety and the issues of working at height, and the support provided by the Ladder Association. The Ladder Association are delighted to announce REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for their 2022 Ladder Conference, which will take place on Thursday 20 October at the Crowne...

USA: Labor Rights Week August 29 – September 2

WOBO thanks OSHA for its reminder about “Labor Rights Week “. Did You Know? During Labor Rights Week (Aug. 29-Sep. 2) we emphasize the rights of all workers in the United States to a safe and healthful workplace and full payment of wages earned. The U.S. Department of Labor...

Catalytic Converters (and diesel particulate filters) can contain hazardous fibres

WOBO thanks the HSE for the reminder in terms of protection from fibres. Suppliers and users of Catalytic Converters must take necessary precautions to protect workers from Refractory Ceramic Fibres. The fibre mats contained within catalytic converters (and diesel particulate filters) can contain hazardous fibres. Refractory...

Australia: NCC 2022 set to lift home energy efficiency

WOBO notes the home energy efficiency measures proposed by Australia. Building Ministers have agreed to lift the energy standards of new homes through the National Construction Code (NCC). As of NCC 2022, new homes and apartments will need to achieve the equivalent of “7 stars” NatHERS...

UK: Yorkshire Water to invest £25m into 28 onsite solar projects

WOBO notes the initiative taken by Yorkshire water. Yorkshire Water is set to add 28 solar projects across its sites and facilities, following a £25m investment that will help the firm build towards its net-zero target. In a week where water companies have been criticised for...

edie: Latest News – Energy Updates

WOBO recognises developments taking place in terms of energy and resources. The developers of the Seagreen offshore wind farm, off the coast of Angus, have confirmed that the first of its 114 turbines has begun generating energy. SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies, which have partnered to...

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