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Enhancing Quality and Compliance through Building Control

Posted 07 09 2023 by Darren

As the demand for reliable home warranties continues to soar, local authorities and housing associations in the UK play a vital role in ensuring effective building control measures. Local Authorities and Housing Associations across the nation are seeking assurance that their properties meet the highest standards, and Global Home Warranties, a leading home warranty insurer, is at the forefront of providing this peace of mind. In this article, Maurice Johnston, Managing Surveyor at Global Homes Warranties, delves into the critical role of building control in ensuring quality and compliance, specifically tailored to the interests of UK local authorities and housing associations.

The Building Safety Act 2022 marked a significant turning point in the construction industry, bringing about the most substantial changes in over three decades. The regulations have become increasingly stringent, emphasizing the need for compliance and, above all, safety. Building Control Services, such as those offered by Global Home Warranties, encompass a comprehensive range of regulations, standards, and processes designed to safeguard the construction of residential properties, ensuring they meet safety, structural, and energy efficiency legislation.

The importance of Building Control cannot be overstated. It serves to mitigate risks and protect developers and housebuilders from unforeseen issues that could lead to delays and increased costs. By partnering with approved inspectors and implementing rigorous control procedures, a good building control service ensures that the properties covered by its warranties are constructed and maintained to the highest industry standards.
To achieve these high standards, Building Control services adopt cutting-edge technologies, tools, and software that streamline inspections, enhance efficiency, and maintain vital documentation. These practices guarantee that the properties are accessible, safe, healthy, and energy-efficient, safeguarding your assets now and in the future.

Effective collaboration lies at the heart of successful Building Control. Building Surveyors work closely with approved inspectors and key project personnel to ensure compliance with legislation and codes in every aspect of the build. By fostering effective communication and early collaboration, potential risks are identified and addressed at an early stage, reducing the likelihood of future issues that could result in costly delays.
A notable change from the Building Safety Act 2022 is the upcoming introduction, in October 2023, of a statutory register for all building control professionals. This register mandates that every building control professional must prove their competency to obtain a license and continue practicing. Global Home Warranty's accomplished team of Building Surveyors welcomes this change and is already adhering to the highest standards to protect Local Authorities and Housing Associations from costly and time-consuming administration with unhappy and unsatisfied tenants and ensure each building is constructed to exact specification and quality.

Global Home Warranty's Building Surveyors meticulously review construction plans, assess material specifications, and conduct on-site inspections. Their extensive knowledge of construction practices and regulations enables them to identify potential issues and ensure compliance at every stage. This expertise, combined with their comprehensive structural warranty, makes Building Control Services the perfect companion, offering extra protection through one succinct report and two certificates.
What sets Global Home Warranties apart is their unique position in the market. Unlike most competitors who solely offer warranty inspections, they combine Building Control services with their warranty inspections. This means that the same qualified Building Surveyor carries out both inspections, resulting in a quicker and more streamlined process. Additionally, an ability to have on call a responsive team ensures a reduced timeframe for surveys, allowing for faster responses compared to larger corporations.
To maintain a comprehensive understanding of evolving regulations, a good warranty provider such as Global Home Warranties, actively participates in industry forums, engages with professional bodies, and conducts regular training for their building control officers. Staying up-to-date with changes in building codes, energy efficiency requirements, and environmental standards enables them to adapt their processes and ensure ongoing compliance for homeowners.

Building control plays an integral role in delivering quality and compliance for local authorities and housing associations. By prioritizing stringent control procedures, embracing technological advancements, and fostering collaboration with Approved Inspectors, companies like Global Home Warranties, demonstrates their commitment to providing reliable and comprehensive home warranties. Through these efforts, they offer developers and housebuilders the peace of mind they deserve, knowing that their properties are constructed and maintained to the highest industry standards, which any local authority or housing association deserves and expects for its tenants. UK local authorities and housing associations can rely on Global Home Warranties' Building Control Services to uphold the quality and compliance required for a thriving residential sector.