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KPO ANNUAL REPORT DATA Q1-Q4 2016-17

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Outcome Report for the year 2016-17. This document in excel format gives the raw data from all 32 Local Authorities. It is not necessarily in a printable format so if you want to print the data the pages need to be formatted for that purpose.

Appears in:

Building Standards Surveyors, KPO Information, Members, Performance Outcomes, Building Standards Senior Managers

KPO ANALYSIS AND COMPARISONS FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2016/17

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This paper prepared by LABSS provides some comparable data for all KPO Returns and gives an analysis of this data. Only the "totals" have been used in the analysis - for further data in a detailed format please refer to the other data sheets within the Publications page here.

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Building Standards Surveyors, KPO Information, Members, Performance Outcomes, Building Standards Senior Managers

A LABSS POSITION PAPER RE ISSUES ARISING FROM GRENFELL - SECTION 2 FIRE

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REVIEW OF EXTERNAL CLADDING INCLUDING EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION SYSTEMS (EWI) AND RAINSCREEN CLADDING SYSTEMS FOLLOWING GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

This paper is a reaction to the recent tragic events in London with the fire at Grenfell Tower. Given the enormity of the incident and the speed of fire spread it is felt prudent to look at three areas where LABSS have a locus in relation to their verifier members in Scotland.

Appears in:

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

Scottish Water Policy Document on Domestic Sprinklers - October 2017

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The purpose of this document is to provide information on Scottish Water’s (SW’s) approved policy, vision and commitments to supporting the installation of fire sprinkler systems in residential or domestic premises. This policy will require that installers carry out installations in accordance with The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014 (the Byelaws) and be in accordance with our terms and conditions of supply.

The document provides guidance for developers, Licensed Providers, sprinkler installers and customers who wish to install fire sprinkler systems in new or existing residential or domestic occupancies.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Everyone, Members Guidance, Homeowners, External publications, Large builders, Small builders, Building Standards Senior Managers

LABSS INFORMATION PAPER INFOP18 2017 Version 4 31 October 2017 - Caravans and Moblie Homes

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An enquiry was received regarding need for a Building Warrant to site “portacabin” type buildings /Caravans on land that was not a registered caravan site. This paper provides guidance on the need for a warrant and therefore the need for compliance with Standards. It also confirms that “portacabin” type buildings regardless of where they are sited are out with the definition of a caravan or mobile home and consequently will always need a warrant unless otherwise exempted by Regulation 3 and/or Regulation 5.

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Building Standards Surveyors, Members, Members Guidance, Procedural Interpretation, Information Paper, Building Standards Senior Managers

COMPLETED CASES UNDER ISSUES LOG

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This lists the background and conclusions raised by verifiers for consideration by the Consortia Technical Working Group - see the associated Current Cases document too.

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

CURRENT CASES UNDER THE ISSUES LOG

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This lists the background and conclusions raised by verifiers for consideration by the Consortia Technical Working Group - see the associated Completed Cases document too.

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

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)

Appears in:

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

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