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BUILDING (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004, AS AMENDED STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF CLADDING SYSTEMS – WIND LOADING

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BSD have written to make Local Authorities aware of the need to properly assess structural design calculations for cladding systems (including external wall insulation systems (EWI)), particularly for high rise buildings and buildings in exposed locations.

The British Board of Agrément has told BSD that based on their investigations and following various incidents across the UK, some cladding systems may be designed and installed in such a way that they could fail in strong winds. BSD are not aware of any injuries caused by this kind of failure.

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

WEATHER DAMAGE REPORTING

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Severe weather events cause extensive damage and disruption to buildings and infrastructure. We are keen to learn from such events but the data is limited and we seek your help to provide more evidence. A formal record of damage, categorised and analysed, will help to formulate strategies for improvement or changes to future policies including Building Regulations. It is recognised that climate change is having effects which may mean more weather events that result in damage. The study is not concerned with the reasons for climate change, but only whether the consequences might lead to changes in construction practices. Your assistance will help to shape the future for more sustainable buildings and lessons will be learned to benefit our communities.

The Department has therefore established a programme for collecting descriptions of damage from Local Authorities and others. You are asked to help by reporting events where there has been damage to buildings or infrastructure due to a severe weather event, or an unusual natural event. This will be through an existing system, CROSS, which is also used to report structural failures and some Local Authorities contribute to, or are familiar with, their newsletters.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, Building Standards Senior Managers, Technical articles

LABSS INFORMATION PAPER INFOP17 - 2017 Version 3 - 21 March 2017

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This paper refers to proposals to erect new buildings, or to extend existing buildings, within the curtilage of existing dwelling houses, which prompts the question;

Should these “new buildings” be treated as:
i. a stand-alone building,
ii. a dwelling, or
iii. a residential building (including shared residential accommodation)

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Procedural Interpretation, Technical Interpretation, Information Paper, Building Standards Senior Managers

LABSS INFORMATION PAPER INFOP16 - 2016 Version 10

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A recent STAS submission by a national housebuilder has highlighted the current ambiguity which exists over the interpretation on what constitutes a “future shower space”. To this end discussions with the developer and the Building Standards Division have resulted in this latest LABSS Information Paper INFOP16 - 2016 Version 10 22 February 2017.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, Technical guides, Technical Interpretation, Homeowners, Information Paper, Building Standards Senior Managers

All Scheme Providers/LABSS/BSD Liaison Meeting 17 November 2016 Note of Meeting

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A Note of the meeting held on 17 November 2016 between the Certification Scheme Providers, BSD and LABSS

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, Building Standards Senior Managers, Members archive

Comments relevant to LABSS from the Certification Survey of Certifiers - 2016

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Comments relevant to LABSS from the Certification Survey

Main themes of comments
• Accepting electrical work from anyone
• Lack of consistency across Local Authorities
• Lack of understanding of the Schemes, education required
• Completion certificates being accepted without Form Qs

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, Building Standards Senior Managers, Members archive

Improving Building Standards Certification Survey of Certifiers 2016 – National Results

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The purpose of the questionnaire was to collect information on the work profile and the use of certification in Scotland. Additionally it asked for views from certifiers on how certification can be further improved and promoted.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, Building Standards Senior Managers, Members archive

Guidance Note 12 Building Risk Group Matrix September-2016

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The requirements for checking of the design, the options that may be used for certification and the elements which may be included on Schedule 1 are dependent on the Risk Group and are shown in the matrix, as are the risk classes used when assessing the requirements for disproportionate collapse.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, External publications

Certification Performance Criteria Guidance B 1. 4 Use of Third Party Designed Details Option

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On many construction projects the design and detailing of certain building components is undertaken by a specialist supplier or contractor some time after the design of the principal elements of structure has been completed. Examples of components which fall into this group include manufactured timber roof trusses, steelwork connections, piling, elements of the external envelope, balustrades, etc.
The legislation allows a building warrant application to be progressed in 'stages' to allow work to start before the whole design is complete. This way the applicant submits the required information to the Verifier in stages. The warrant will be granted for the whole project with a condition that work on the later stages does not commence until the required information has been submitted and an amendment to the warrant has been granted.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, External publications

Changes to Schedule 1 and Form Q procedures under Certification of Design Schemes (Building Structures)

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On some projects, a staged warrant may not be appropriate to cover the detailed design by specialist subcontractors or suppliers who may not be appointed until late in the procurement process. The certification procedure of Schedule 1 and Form Q can be used to accommodate this.
If the procedure is appropriate, the element will be listed on Schedule 1 of the certificate of design and a performance specification will be provided as part of the warrant application.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, External publications

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