• Cross Report - Report 886

    Confidential Reporting of Structural Safety. Report 886: Unconservative design of flat slab.
  • National construction products regulator

    The government has committed to establish a national regulator for construction products as part of wider reforms to address systemic failings identified by the Hackitt Review.
  • Plotting a course

    Capita’s Patrick Cunningham FCABE discusses sanctions and risk in a new era for statutory control of buildings
  • Cladding guidance

    Simplified External Wall System (EWS) guidance to help leaseholders sell flats in blocks with external cladding has been issued by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • Changing places Wales

    The Welsh government has launched a consultation on accessible toilets and baby nappy changing provision. It seeks views on proposals to:   
  • Think again

    Government proposals to extend permitted development rights – which would allow more premises to bypass normal planning procedures and be turned into homes – need greater safeguards to protect communities, says the Construction Industry Council (CIC).
  • Branching out

    New developments should be tree-lined, beautiful and of high quality, according to a new draft national design code launched for consultation by the government to support community access to nature.
  • Cross Reports - Report 946

    Highlights the potential for condensation to undermine the structural integrity of swimming pool ceilings
  • Cross Reports - Report 845

    Highlights unethical behaviour and a disregard for safety from a contractor over welding specifications  
  • Smarter meter guidance

    To aid with the smart meter roll-out in domestic new build properties, the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) has published new guidance.
  • The great divide

    Has party wall surveying been lost to unethical practice, with little distinction between qualified and unqualified professionals?
  • Ongoing Grenfell inquiry

    In January 2021, the Grenfell inquiry was suspended because of rising Covid-19 infections in London.
  • Sound Advice

    Joe Cilia, Technical Director at the Finishes & Interiors Sector (FIS), considers how designers and specifiers can use the Acoustic Verification Scheme to specify products with confidence.
  • Cross Report 968: Execution not matching design assumptions

    This situation highlights the need for temporary works to enable permanent works to be installed correctly.
  • Grenfell Inquiry

    The latter months of 2020 saw many sensational headlines in the media around the ongoing investigation into the Grenfell disaster. It is important to focus on the facts rather than the headlines, and video coverage of the evidence can be viewed here: grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/
  • Cross Report 971: Workmanship in domestic buildings

    This case of improvised solution on domestic projects emphasises the need for better information sharing and competence in resolving unforeseen clashes safely.
  • Tapestry of change

    Part L and F are changing to weave energy efficiency, ventilation and overheating risk into a co-ordinated policy and, as Elaine Knutt discovers, it sees a shift in focus from CO2 to primary energy.
  • Within the law

    The Competitions and Markets Authority has announced, along with the Institute of Risk Management, the release of the updated Competition Law Risk Guide.
  • Homes of the future

    September’s NHBC Foundation report The Future for Home Heating - life without fossil fuels explores the implications of designing and building low-energy homes, in particular, what life without the gas boiler is going to look like.
  • Setting the Bar

    Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy three years ago, work has been ongoing to raise standards across building safety.