England: Building Safety Bill – 7 Key Points

The UK in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Dame Hackitt’s “Building A Safer Future” report is proposing a new Building Safety Bill.  This process is complex and the article prepared by LABC Warranty is excellent in providing a focus on the key elements...

England: Petition – Government to legally require sprinklers in all new build & refurbished schools

WOBO is aware of developments taking place that reflect incidents and research carried out relating to the built environment, as part of this process members and fellow professionals are provided with the opportunity to review this initiative in respect of sprinklers in school buildings. Ministers...

Australia: Second review of the Premises Standards 2010: Survey

In support of accessibility WOBO encourages its members and fellow professionals to reflect on the Australian Government’s Consultation in respect of Premises Standards and submit their views by the close of play on 2 Nov 2020 by completing the form with comments and respond by...

Wales: Building Safety – Position Statement

WOBO recognises the changes taking place in the UK following on from the Grenfell fire 2017 and the powers of devolved government.  Wales has provided a position statement that sets out their intent to address the issues that have been raised. Building Safety – Position...

England: Raising accessibility standards for new homes consultation

WOBO fully supports the concept of equality and the application of this concept in terms of accessibility for all.  We would support the proposal to increase the minimum requirements within the English Building Regulations to the enhanced provision set out in M4(2), Category 2 Accessible...

New Zealand: Building for Climate Change: Transforming operational efficiency and reducing whole-of-life embodied carbon

As professionals we have the opportunity to assist in the development of new legislation in respect of climate change, New Zealand invites you to review their proposals and submit your comments by 30 September 2020. This is the first public consultation under the new Building...

UK: Construction Products Regulation from 1 January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. The government has made the following statutory instrument which will come into effect on 1 January 2021. This guidance is about placing construction products on the GB...

South Africa – New safety standards unpacked

The Eastern Cape Industrial and Business News provided an update in respect of safety standards within South Africa to serve as a reminder of the revised timeframe for the organisational changes required. THE international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS) has been replaced with...

Scotland: Exploring the potential for a certification scheme for fire stopping: report

Fire Safety and the prevention of loss of life is a key element of a code officials day to day work but an official cannot be on-site at all times and to assist them a Certification Scheme is being explored within the Scottish Building Standards...

Australia – Victoria Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors 1 January 2021

The final version of the Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors in Victoria, will commence on 1 January 2021 The Code applies to any building surveyor undertaking a statutory role either in public or private practice, and also applies to consultant building surveyors in non-statutory...

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