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LABSS INFORMATION PAPER INFOP16 - 2016 Version 10 as Amended – 5 May 2020

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LABSS would propose that;

While it is recognised that deliberations are still ongoing within Government on reviewing design limitations for future shower areas, LABSS remain of the view that a phased introduction of this “tighter guidance on compliance” would benefit from close working with the BSD and to this end LABSS agreed, to sit on any joint working group convened by the Scottish Government to review this issue to ultimately provide clear guidance to allow verifiers and developers to move forward with confidence.

A 3-year period of grace was agreed before enforcing any new provisions and it is proposed such period of grace be extended for a further year to allow the working group to reach a conclusion on this topic.

This would also allow LABSS to inform their STAS Certificate holders and the housing industry of the change of emphasis.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, Procedural Interpretation, Technical Interpretation, Homeowners, Large builders, Information Paper, Small builders, Building Standards Senior Managers

LABSS INFORMATION PAPER INFOP21 - 2019 Version 2 April 2020 composting toilets

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COMPOSTING TOILETS AND NON-DOMESTIC BUILINGS - Interpretation in the context of exemption and definition.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, Technical guides, Technical Interpretation, Information Paper, Members archive, Technical articles

Certification Schemes under Section 7(2) of The Building (Scotland) Act 2003

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Special measures to enable the acceptance of unsigned certificates of design as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

As a result of the current stay at home advice, members of the Structural Engineers Registration Ltd (SER) certification scheme are working from home and are unable to
facilitate the normal certificate signing process. This process includes the wet signing of the certificate by both the approved certifier and the certification coordinator of the approved
body.

The purpose of this letter is to advise that an alternative temporary arrangement has been agreed to allow for unsigned certificates of design to continue to be submitted to verifiers in support of building warrant applications, either until wet signatures can again be provided or the current SER certification system adjusted to facilitate electronic signatures.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, External publications, Building Standards Senior Managers

Remote signing of Certificates – Guidance during COVID-19 pandemic

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SER certificates are generated as protected pdfs and current SER procedures require “wet” signatures from both the Approved Certifier and the Certification Coordinator representing the Approved Body. As Approved Body offices are now closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with employees working from home, an alternative solution needs to be found for situations where the certificate cannot be printed, signed and scanned.
Following discussions with the Scottish Government Building Standards Division, it has been agreed that certificates can be accepted unsigned on a temporary basis due to COVID-19 provided they are accompanied by the attached Confirmation of Signature Forms from both the Approved Certifier and the Certification Coordinator for the Approved Body, which should be signed electronically.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, External publications, Building Standards Senior Managers

Special measures to enable the erection of temporary care assistance buildings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

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As a result of the exceptional challenges facing the country from the coronavirus (COVID-19) it is possible that the capacity of existing hospitals and health care facilities will be stretched to unprecedented limits as increased numbers of people are likely to be affected by the virus. This will put an enormous strain on our existing health care services and will possibly lead to a need to erect additional temporary accommodation, to provide care for people requiring medical care and treatment.

The purpose of this letter is to make clear that the Scottish Government consider that building standards verifiers across all local authorities must work with Health Boards and others throughout the country to allow the erection of any such required temporary buildings as a matter of urgency and without any unnecessary delay.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, External publications, Building Standards Senior Managers

Special measures to enable the occupation of new buildings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak – Guidance on building standards compliance and enforcement

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The construction industry is a significant part of the Scottish economy and building standards services play a significant role in ensuring that new buildings are healthy and safe to occupy. However, the exceptional challenges facing the country from the coronavirus (COVID-19) means that there is a need to be more pragmatic and flexible in the way that building standards are delivered. To manage the current situation it is vital that support is given to communities, individuals and businesses to maintain revenue streams and to take possession of new homes and business premises.

As such the purpose of this letter is to make clear that building standards verifiers across all local authorities must work with the relevant person, whether the owner or developer, to take measures that continue to allow occupation of new domestic and non-domestic properties. Such buildings need to be safe for occupation, but this guidance recognises that there will be difficulties in offering a normal site inspection and reasonable inquiry process in the coming months. As a result it is necessary for verifiers to take a pragmatic and flexible approach to the processing of completion certificates.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, External publications, Building Standards Senior Managers

LABSS INFORMATION PAPER INFOP27 - 2020 Version 1 – March 2020

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SBEM - INTERPRETATION OF HEAT/COOLING PROVIDED FOR PROCESS

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, Technical Interpretation, Information Paper, Building Standards Senior Managers, Technical articles

Competency Self-Assessment for Electricians Not Members of a Recognised Trade Body

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The purpose of this form is to demonstrate to the verifier the competency of the person who carried out the electrical installation as required in Standard 4.5 - Electrical Safety in the Domestic Handbook.
Notes:
1. This form is not required where the electrical installations has been carried out by an electrician who is registered with NICEIC, a member of SELECT or an equivalent organisation accredited by UKAS to conduct inspections or provide certification services (ISO/IEC17065)
2. This form must be completed by the electrician who carried out the electrical installation.
3. Where competency requirements below are not met, the electrical installation must be checked and certified by a Certifier of Construction or an electrician who meets criteria listed in 1 above.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, Procedural Interpretation, Technical guides, Building Standards Senior Managers

Final Report on Longitudinal Analysis of Performance - November 2018

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This paper looks at
• the trends of building warrant applications pre and post fees increase,
• the financial implications, including the impact of the increased verification fee income, and
• mapping of fee outcomes against the performance and resources over the years pre and post fee increase.

In doing so, it aims to highlight where there are specific improvements or declines in performance and finances and explores the potential causal factors.

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Building Standards Surveyors, KPO Information, Members, Members Guidance, Building Standards Senior Managers

Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) - requirment for warrant

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Procedural Interpretation, Technical Interpretation, Homeowners, Large builders, Information Paper, Small builders, Building Standards Senior Managers

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