The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced a national minimum space standard for newbuild homes. In its response to its Housing Standards Review, the DCLG said the space standard would be available to councils “where there is a need” and “where it would not stop development”. It also revealed plans to cut the number of housing standards from 100 to 10 with some being abolished. These include requirements for rainwater harvesting, composting bins, and multiple phone lines. Accessibility may become an ‘optional building regulation’. This would mean developers would only have to apply different standards for older people or wheelchair users when the council applies the condition. Water efficiency may also fall under this category.
This year’s Building Control Conference opens with a keynote address from the DCLG, who will provide an update to the Housing Standards Review, delving into the consultation process, space and security, water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental standards and materials, process and compliance. The fire service will also take you through the building control statutory consultation process and there will be an update on the consultation to the revisions of the fire safety code BS9999. You will also receive legal updates on your building control and design liabilities and the government task force update on BIM4regs.
Registration for the 2014 conference is now open. Make sure you secure your place early by booking online today.
A conference brochure can be downloaded here.