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 The draft guidance accompanies the January 2021 consultation on the Future Buildings Standard, Part L and...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...

ABCB: Consultations open: Independent Third Party Review and Mandatory Inspections – A response to the Building Confidence Report

Inspect or not to inspect? Should inspections be mandatory? Overview Building Ministers authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) notes that there are significant differences across jurisdictions in the...

UK: Domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms: proposals to extend regulations

Carbon Monoxide kills! As professionals we must remove or limit the risk within the residential sectors, both public and private.  Scope of the consultation This consultation seeks views on: a) Amending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 to require social landlords to...

Australian Building Codes Board: A new look for NCC 2022

As part of the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) commitment to delivering a National Construction Code (NCC) that is user-friendly and modern, important changes are being implemented for the 2022 edition of the code. In moving from what was historically a print-based publication, to what...

Australia: Consultation open: Building Design Acceptance – A response to the Building Confidence Report

WOBO welcomes the proposals to improve the standard and compliance of designs throughout the development process and encourages its members and fellow professionals to review and comment on the proposals being considered by the Australian Building Codes Board. A discussion paper addressing the process associated...

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