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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)

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

Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools

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The Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools was commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council Chief Executive Andrew Kerr after the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary School and subsequent closure of 17 schools. It was led by respected construction and procurement industry expert, Professor John Cole CBE.

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

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