Building Standards

  • New consultation open on Building Standards Compliance and Enforcement

    14th December 2021 by

    The building regulations – compliance and enforcement consultation is now open for your views on the development of a new Compliance Plan Manger role in the building standards system. The Compliance Plan is one of seven work streams being taken forward under the work of the Building Standards Futures Board. The Compliance Plan Manger role...

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  • Building Standards Workforce Strategy – One Year On

    13th December 2021 by

    A joint post by Local Authority Building Standards Scotland and Building Standards Division The workforce strategy for the building standard verification service was launched just over a year ago and much progress has been achieved to deliver the aims of the strategy. The workforce strategy is one of seven workstreams overseen by the Building Standards...

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  • Building Standards Futures Board – Update on the Seven Workstreams

    11th November 2021 by

    The Building Standards Futures Board (FB) was established in May 2019 by the then Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, to provide guidance and direction on making transformative changes to the building standards system. The Board is chaired by Craig Hatton, Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council and the 10th meeting...

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  • 2021 National Customer Satisfaction Survey Now Live

    6th October 2021 by

    We are pleased to announce that the 2021 National Customer Satisfaction Survey is live. Now in its eighth year, the purpose of the annual survey of users of the local authority building standards service is to obtain nationally consistent customer satisfaction data across all 32 local authorities in Scotland.  The data enables a comparison analysis...

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  • Making a good quality building warrant application

    27th August 2021 by

    We have published guidance on what you need to know to make a quality building warrant application. This post covers the reason for developing new national guidance, a summary of what it covers and what we hope it will achieve. Developing the guidance The compliance plan is one of seven workstreams overseen by the Building...

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  • Seeking views on how digital technologies can transform delivery of the building standards system

    23rd August 2021 by

    The Building Standards Futures Board has confirmed their agreement with our plans for the digital transformation of the building standards system in Scotland. Delivery of this transformation will be done in partnership with industry, and Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) who represent all of the building standards professionals employed in local authorities. As this...

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  • The Role of LABSS within the Building Standards System – Customer Survey

    25th May 2021 by

    Optimal Economics is undertaking a research project for the Building Standards Division (BSD) of the Scottish Government to identify and quantify the role and contribution Local Authority Buildings Standards Scotland (LABSS) makes to the delivery of the building standards system in Scotland. LABSS works closely with BSD to produce technical and procedural guidance papers, it...

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  • Improved fire safety for new flats and social homes – Dissemination Events

    20th January 2021 by

    Changes to sprinkler regulations Work on fire safety, including greater provision of automatic fire suppression systems, has been taken forward as part of the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety, formed following the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017. An important part of this work was to increase the provision of automatic fire...

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  • Introducing the Competency Assessment System

    17th December 2020 by

    A guest post by Bob Renton, Consultant to Local Authority Building Standards Scotland, about the development of the Competency Assessment System and plans for implementation next year. The Competency Assessment System, or CAS for short, has been developed over the last couple of years by Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) with involvement from many...

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  • Certification

    4th December 2020 by

     Blog by William Hamilton –  Certification Officer The use of certifiers of design and construction have become commonplace as part of the building standards system.  However, the reports carried out after the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry and Grenfell Tower Tragedy have highlighted that an increase in the scope of  certification could help to improve the construction...

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