2012 Consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England
In January the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the second phase of its consultation into Building Regulations.
The consultation falls into four distinct areas; proposals for change to technical aspects of the regulations; proposals to increase energy efficiency of buildings; proposals in relation to electrical safety in homes and fourthly, changes to the building control system.
As appropriate, the Institution will be responding and in particular we are cautiously pleased to note that in the section dealing with changes to the building control system, there is a proposal to introduce specialist third party certification schemes.
Specific mention is made of the structural design scheme operated by Structural Engineers Limited (SER) in Scotland and Jersey and the discussions DCLG have had with the Institution and SER prior to the consultation process.
Structural Engineers Registration Ltd (SER Ltd) is a trading subsidiary of The Institution of Structural Engineers and was formed, with the support of The Institution of Civil Engineers, to provide and manage registration schemes for the certification of design of building structures.
SER is currently employed to operate such schemes for Scotland and Jersey
We are working on detailed proposals in support of our formal response
The full consultation can be viewed via the DCLG website.