Thursday, August 3, 2017

Building regulations – are you notifying building control?

With the spotlight firmly on Building Regulation compliance, concerns over contractors’ lack of knowledge and understanding of their responsibilities surrounding the Regulations and approved documents are being scrutinised now more than ever. Whilst areas across the built environment are impacted, installation of controlled services, including mechanical ventilation, air conditioning systems, heating and hot water appliances are areas most at risk.

“There seems to be a misunderstanding of installers’ duties” said Russell Mott, Head of Technical services for the BESA. “The Regulations are very clear and relate to buildings where there is a change to the energy status; or a material change of use. Installers have a legal duty to notify their local authority building control under the Regulations.

Understand your duties
BESA supports full compliance with, and enforcement of, the Building Regulations, but recognises the additional pressures this can place on contractors when trying to run their business and remain up to date.

In response to this, through BESCA, the independent certification arm of the Association who undertake all BESA members’ audits, they have developed a cost-effective solution aimed at those operating within the mechanical sector and required to update themselves on the core Building Regulations changes in England & Wales.

BESCA’s Building Regulations CPD E-learning course offers installers an efficient and practical way to update their knowledge and maintain their CPD, providing a cost effective solution for employers. The course which can be sat at your convenience, includes a final examination and costs £95+ VAT.

On successful completion of the E-learning course applicants are also eligible to join the BESCA Competent Person Scheme providing significant cost savings.

Commercial installations being missed

Russell continues ‘one area of real concern is within the air conditioning sector as many commercial installations are not being notified to building control. We saw this recently with one of our BESA and Refcom Elite members, who have now taken steps to ensure that they are currently, and remain fully compliant”.

Case study: JJ Engineering Company
BESA and Refcom elite members Bailes & Kidley Limited, an engineering services firm trading as JJ Engineering Company were recently audited under the annual terms of their membership, and the results highlighted a need to recognise their duties to the Building Regulations.

As a result of their audit findings JJ Engineering Company chose to join the Competent Persons Scheme delivered by BESCA, BESCA’s Competent Persons Scheme, allows them to self-certify their works without having to contact the Local Authority, meeting the Building Regulations requirements through Regulation 20 and Schedule 3.

The scheme generates a Building Regulation compliance certificate for the client and is supported with an insurance backed guarantee for light commercial and domestic works, thereby demonstrating their compliance

“Having recently undertaken our BESA membership renewal audit, we found it to be a valuable process which provided us with the opportunity to test and improve our management systems and health and safety arrangements. Our client’s value that we have met the BESA membership criteria, both demonstrating our compliance, and the fact that we meet the required industry standards in building services. Being able to self-certify our installed works through BESCA’s Competent Persons Scheme gives our business a leading edge on our competitors and delivers peace of mind to our client portfolio.” Paul Kidley, Managing Director.  

Contact the BESCA helpdesk on 0800 6525533 or email info@besca.org.uk for further information about our Competent Persons Scheme, or to reserve your place on the Building Regulations CPD E-learning course today.

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