Tandridge Building Control and representatives from the ten other LABC offices throughout Surrey attended the highly successful BuildSurrey launch event at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 7 February. LABC Surrey is supporting this inititaive by Surrey County Council as a preferred partner. The aim is for 60% of SCC's construction and engineering budget of £100m for 2013 to be spent with Surrey based businesses.
The launch event was attended by more some 400 delegates and 40 exhibitors when construction/built environment businesses working within Surrey came together to forge new business relationships with key decision-makers, learnt about current and upcoming work opportunities and found out how to get involved.
For more information visit www.buildsurrey.net
Changes to the current building regulations have been afoot for some time and on 18 December 2012 a written Ministerial Statement to Parliament, was published. The statement focuses on the deregulatory changes and publication of responses to the consultation. Below are the key changes within the Statement. (Decisions on matters relating to the energy efficiency of buildings (Part L), additional radon protection measures and referencing of British Standards for structural design based on Eurocodes will not be announced until next year.)
Changes announced to come into force on 6th April 2013 include:
The full Ministerial Statement can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/changes-to-the-building-regulations
Revised statutory guidance in the Approved Documents will be published shortly at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/
The Gas Safety Trust is warning installers, distributors and users of wood pellets to be aware of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, following nine fatalities since 2002 caused by poisoning following entry into wood pellet storage areas.
Although there have not been any incidents so far in the UK, the use of wood pellets is increasing and awareness of this danger is essential.
Gas Safety Trust Board Chair, Chris Bielby MBE said: ‘The use of wood pellet boilers in homes, businesses and schools in the UK as an alternative to oil or gas fired boilers is increasing. The HSE have issued a warning to all users of these appliances, as it is not a danger that most people would consider. Carbon monoxide can kill quickly without warning, and we support the HSE in raising awareness of this potential hazard’.
LABC library launched
LABC has recently launched its own online library which you may like to visit via the following external link. It contains helpful guides and useful documents about our services, from guides for small builders to homeowner guides and technical guidance.
The LABC Warranty, launched over four years ago has proved itself to be a quality service offering specific competitive products for speculative residential housing, social housing and self build and has been created in partnership between LABC, the representative body for Local Authority Building Control, and MD Insurance Services Limited (MDIS) the company that administers the scheme which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). LABCWarranty has had phenomenal success and is recognised by all major Banks and Building Societies.
This caters for speculative developers and builders covering conversions, new build and mixed use developments. The product recognises and rewards quality projects with competitive premiums and market-leading terms. Service and support is fast and seamless because of MDIS's experienced, dedicated customer service team.
A competitive tailored solution covering shared-ownership, rented or key worker accommodation projects. Quality is rewarded with the same advantages given to speculative developers. Cover can be provided for either a 10 or 12 year period.
LABC self build warranty
Designed specifically for individuals building their own homes - both new build and conversions - to provide peace of mind. Quality is rewarded through competitive premiums and excellent service based on MDIS's extensive experience of self build projects.
How to get a quotation
Either telephone 0845 054 0505, e-mail labc nhw enquiry or download an application form from LABC New Home Warranty (This link will open in a new window)
An electronic version of the document can be downloaded at Document G (This link will open in a new window)
The new document gives guidance on:
The above document supports the Building Regulations 2000 which has been amended by SI 2009 No. 1219 to reflect the changes.
Regulation 20E (which is part of the Building Regulations 2000) requires that where a dwelling has been newly built or created by conversion a notice relating to water efficiency must be given to the Building Control section of the Local Authority concerned on occupation or completion of that building.
To help you with this process an online calculator has been developed by WRC. To access this please visit Water calculator (This link will open in a new window) where you can then print off your calculations and submit them to the Building Control section for their approval.
For further information please contact Building Control on 01883 732871 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at:
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted RH8 0BT
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