Acivico working with CIOB to help keep the industry informed.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 6:00am
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Acivico working with CIOB to help keep the industry informed. John Askew and Richard Cymler provided a CPD for CIOB West Midlands branch at Wolverhampton on November 18th which was so well received the CPD is being repeated in March 16 for the West Midlands branch in Birmingham. Richard also gave the same presentation at the NEC during UK Construction Week in October where Richard joined an esteemed list of speakers including the Governments Chief Construction advisor, Dr. Peter Hansford, Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party together with John Humphrys & Steph McGovern from BBC R4 and BBC Breakfast The CPD covered the recent changes to the building regulations which were as a result of the Housing Standards Review. For the first time from October 2015 dual level regulations have taken effect in the form of Approved Documents G (which includes water efficiency) & M (accessibility) which contain more than one potential design standard applicable to new housing developments. At the present time planning policies adopted by Birmingham City Council do not contain any provision to impose the higher tier approved documents locally however our building regulation professionals are fully conversant with the changes as our partnership working, consultancy services and Approved Inspector Services team all operate on a national basis. The higher levels however can only take effect where an adopted local planning policy allows planning conditions to be made to require the more onerous standard locally. Although on face value this seems at odds with de-regulation policy at an operational level this is not the case as planning conditions related to these technical aspects of design can only be made via the higher tier Approved Documents rather than through numerous differing local standards helping give consistency and certainty to the construction industry across England. The presentation also covered the new Approved Document Q (security) which is the first building new regulation following the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 as well as minor changes to Approved Document E (acoustic design) and H (drainage & waste disposal). A number of FAQ’s were covered which prompted much debate while an insight into the changes expected from 2016 onwards also stimulated considerable interest not least the potential for a new Approved Document R late next year while the government’s announcement that there will be no increase in the energy efficiency standards in 2016 meaning there will be no 2016 edition of Part L was generally welcomed however with the realism that a new edition of Part L remains very likely 2017 from onwards . If you would like to know more about the recent changes or if you would like to discuss how a specific project may be affected by these changes or are at a design stage where you would benefit from some expert building regulation advice then do not hesitate to contact Acivico.
Project Type: 
Collaboration
Client Name: 
CIOB
Project Date: 
November 2015

Acivico working with CIOB to help keep the industry informed.

John Askew and Richard Cymler provided a CPD for CIOB West Midlands branch at Wolverhampton on November 18th which was so well received the CPD is being repeated in March 16 for the West Midlands branch in Birmingham. Richard also gave the same presentation at the NEC during UK Construction Week in October where Richard joined an esteemed list of speakers including the Governments Chief Construction advisor, Dr. Peter Hansford, Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party together with John Humphrys & Steph McGovern from BBC R4 and BBC Breakfast

The CPD covered the recent changes to the building regulations which were as a result of the Housing Standards Review. For the first time from October 2015 dual level regulations have taken effect in the form of Approved Documents G (which includes water efficiency) & M (accessibility) which contain more than one potential design standard applicable to new housing developments.  At the present time planning policies adopted by Birmingham City Council do not contain any provision to impose the higher tier approved documents locally however our building regulation professionals  are fully conversant with the changes as our partnership working,  consultancy services and Approved Inspector Services team  all operate on a national basis.

The higher levels however can only take effect where an adopted local planning policy allows planning conditions to be made to require the more onerous standard locally. Although on face value this seems at odds with de-regulation policy at an operational level this is not the case as planning conditions related to these technical aspects of design can only be made via the higher tier Approved Documents rather than through numerous differing local standards helping give consistency and certainty to the construction industry across England.

The presentation also covered the new Approved Document Q  (security) which is the first building new regulation following the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 as well as minor changes to Approved Document E  (acoustic design) and H (drainage & waste disposal).  A number of FAQ’s were covered which prompted much debate while an insight into the changes expected from 2016 onwards also stimulated considerable interest not least the potential for a new Approved Document R late next year while the government’s  announcement  that there will be no increase in the energy efficiency standards in 2016 meaning there will be no 2016 edition of Part L was generally welcomed however with the realism that a new edition of Part L remains very likely 2017 from onwards .

If you would like to know more about the recent changes or if you would like to discuss how a specific project may be affected by these changes or are at a design stage where you would benefit from some expert building regulation advice then do not hesitate to contact Acivico.