‘The end of health and safety gone mad?’ – eBook launched to highlight the profession’s positive work

Safety is key to all professionals working within the built environment.  The e-book provides an update in terms of activity and highlights future actions. Health and safety has never been a bigger part of the national consciousness as it is during the coronavirus pandemic. Buoyed...

COVID-19: ICC Considerations for Converting Outdoor Spaces into Temporary Seating Spaces

COVID-19 is ongoing and it is essential to strike a balance between the health and safety of people and the requirements of the codes – flexibility is key!! As restaurants, bars, and similar establishments across the United States resume operations at reduced capacity under COVID-19...

The future has arrived: How the ZERO Code will help build a carbon-neutral future

By 2060, the world is projected to add 2.5 trillion square feet of new building space, doubling the current global stock. Most of this growth will occur in cities, which are responsible for over 66% of worldwide energy consumption and more than 70% of energy-related...

UNHABITAT – The Value of Sustainable Urbanization

WOBO President Paul Myers and WOBO Governor David Gibson were provided with the opportunity to participate in the UNHABITAT World Cities Day 2020 Conference.  The key elements under review included climate change, risk assessments, poverty and sustainability.  The key theme was how to capture “the...

ICC: International Codes and References for 2021

Heads Up!!! ICC 2021 International Codes available for purchase and pre-order. IBC, IFC and guides to Significant Changes Browse the latest arrivals and reserve your full-color illustrated guides to the most critical updates. Building       Fire        Plumbing/Mechanical/Fuel Gas Also available...

HSE: Fire safety in construction – roles and responsibilities

The HSE Construction eBulletin: October 2020  provides an update in respect of construction fire safety and provides a direct link to the advertisment for the role of the  Chief Inspector of Buildings to lead the new Building Safety Regulator (closes 6 November). The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Managing Risk Well Working...

LABC Warranty – Technical update

LABC Warranty have published updated, additional guidance on the use of rendering on different substrates. The guidance also includes specification and quality assurance guidance on site-made renders, together with a specification pro-forma you can hand to your risk management surveyor. They  have also published a...

Elmhurst submits response to draft PAS 2038 for the Retrofit of Non-Domestic Buildings

Dwellings, energy efficiency improvement – a move towards the retrofit plan. Many of you will know about PAS 2035, the domestic retrofit specification that was published by BSI, including direct from input from Elmhurst. It outlines the functions of Retrofit Assessors, Retrofit Coordinators and the...

Performance-Based Structural Fire Design

Performance based design, an alternative to prescriptive requirements. Abstract Prepared by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers Performance-Based Structural Fire Design presents recommended alternatives to the prescriptive procedures for structural fire design of buildings as described in the nationally adopted...

UK: Fire Safety – changes for the future?

Fire Safety is key, however, regulatory changes are often piecemeal and go without challenge until disaster strikes.  This situation has occurred in conjunction with the Grenfell Tower incident. WOBO Governor David Gibson has been granted permission from Dr Jonathan Evans, Chairman and CEO, Ash and...

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