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...

UK: 25 Year Environment Plan

WOBO has been informed that the UK government’s landmark legislation to transform the environment has returned to Parliament after a pause due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Environment Bill sets out a comprehensive and world-leading vision to “allow our environment to prosper for future generations and...

Australia: Consultation open: Draft Auditing and Compliance Publication Framework

WOBO members and fellow professionals have an opportunity to comment on the draft proposals.  Comments rae required by 11:59PM AEDT Sunday 17 January 2021. A draft Framework on the publication of auditing and compliance information is now open for public comment. Recommendation 7 of the Building...

Scotland: Response to the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report

The Scottish Government have published their response to the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report. You can view it here https://bit.ly/3kGEgr0 Scottish Government response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations produced for Scottish Ministers by the Scottish Government Grenfell Inquiry Fire Safety Working Group (GIFSWG...

England and Wales: Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes

WOBO members and fellow professionals are encouraged to review the proposals for “Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes” and submit their observations prior to the closing date 30 December 2020. Consultation description The government has committed to upgrade as many private rented sector...

Applications invited for the Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee

The Department of Finance has launched a public appointment competition to recruit six members to the Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee (NIBRAC). www.finance-ni.gov.uk/news/applications-invited-northern-ireland-building-regulations-advisory-committee Applicants must have proven and current experience in at least one of the following disciplines: Building regulation enforcement Building surveying Construction...

Australia: 2022 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) delayed

WOBO has been advised that against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has presented a variety of significant challenges for the building industry, regulators and consumers, Building Ministers have agreed to a four month delay to the adoption of NCC 2022. NCC 2022 is...

Scotland: Consultation – Reviewing and Extending Permitted Development Rights

WOBO members and fellow professionals are provided with the opportunity to respond to the consultation  in respect of Permitted Development Rights in Scotland The Scottish Government today published a consultation paper on their Phase 1 proposals for reviewing and extending permitted development rights in relation...

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...

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