• Retraction of tests

    Building insulation manufacturer, Kingspan, confirmed as part of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry that it has retracted three test reports of external wall systems, including its K15 phenolic foam insulation product.
  • Cross Report - Report 645

    Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety. Report 645: Response to Report 614 on missing columns from drawings
  • Restoring trust

    The launch of the New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) has been welcomed as a major step forward in helping to restore consumer confidence and trust in the housebuilding industry.
  • Migrant worker confusion

    A Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) report suggests that only one in ten construction employers understand the government’s new migration system, introduced at the beginning of 2021.
  • 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.