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...

England: New regulator at heart of building safety overhaul

WOBO acknowledges the demands and implications of the Building Safety Bill. The Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained.   Reforms outline biggest changes to building safety regulation in a generation Building...

Australia: Consultation open: Involvement of fire authorities in building design

Fire Safety must involve the Fire Authorities!! A discussion paper in response to the Building Confidence Report (BCR) is now open for public comment. Recommendation 8 of the Building Confidence Report (BCR) is that, consistent with the International Fire Engineering Guidelines, each jurisdiction requires developers, architects, builders,...

Australia: Consultation open: Guide on evidence of experience for building surveyor registration

WOBO Governor David Gibson would draw members and fellow professionals attention to the opportunity to comment on the “Evidence of Experience for Building Surveyor Registration”. A discussion paper in response to the Building Confidence Report (BCR) is now open for public comment. Recommendation 4 of the...

Wales: Consultation – Looking to extend fire safety regime to all multi-occupancy residential buildings

WOBO has received an update in respect of fire safety measures proposed for Wales. The Welsh Government wants to extend fire safety requirements to all buildings in Wales featuring more than one residential unit. It also proposes that all “higher risk” buildings must use their...

Scotland: Building Standards – Changes to sprinkler regulations 1 March 2021

WOBO members and fellow professionals acknowledge the work of the Scottish Building Standards and the application of automatic fire suppression systems in response to the Grenfell Fire Report. Work on fire safety, including greater provision of automatic fire suppression systems, has been taken forward as...

England: Building Regulations: Approved Documents L, F and Overheating (consultation version)

WOBO recognises the need to maximise resources, limit heat loss and provide an effective ventilated environment to support comfort and a healthy life style – your views will be well received. The draft guidance accompanies the January 2021 consultation on the Future Buildings Standard, Part L and...

UK: New regulator established to ensure construction materials are safe

WOBO recognises that the Grenfell Fire and Hackett review have identified significant issues relating to construction products, testing, installation and inspection and that the new regulator will address many of these issues. The Government has committed to establish a national regulator for construction products as...

UK: Environment Agency starts consultation on UK HPR1000 design

WOBO members have been provided with the opportunity to participate in the consultation process. As regulators of the nuclear industry, the Environment Agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) are working together to make sure that any new nuclear power stations built in the...

England: Sanitary accommodation in buildings other than dwellings 1st January 2021

WOBO Governor David Gibson provides a reminder of changes in respect of accessibility in force on 1st January 2021. This document sets out amendments to guidance previously published in Approved Document M: Access to and use of Buildings Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings...

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