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Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7

The Welsh Assembly as launched a consultation on Building (Approved Inspector etc) Regulations 2010, Warranty Link Rule and amendments to the Approved Document supporting regulation 7 (Materials and workmanship).

The consultation ends on the 21st June 2013

The Building Regulations control certain types of building work and ensure that buildings meet certain standards for:

  • health
  • safety
  • welfare
  • convenience
  • sustainability.

The assembly proposes to:

To make changes to the Approved Inspectors regulations to reduce the burdens associated with them and have identified the following changes that would assist both Approved Inspectors and local authorities:

i. Remove the need for Approved Inspectors to send a copy of their approval certificate and certificate of insurance to the local authority with every Initial Notice. Instead the approval body (the Construction Industry Council) will hold this information on an existing publicly-accessible register

ii. Ensure all the definitions are up-to-date and make a few clarifications for ease of interpretation

Amend Approved Document 7 to clarify that the declarations of performance and CE marking required under the EU Regulation will become the main source of information on the performance characteristics of construction products from July 2013. They will also take this opportunity to change the format of the document and propose other minor changes to the Approved Document. No changes are proposed to Regulation 7 itself.

Other minor changes such as removing the guidance on resistance to moisture and substances in the subsoil as this is now included in Approved Document C and also examples of materials susceptible to changes in their properties as durability testing is now an established element of testing such products.

Its propose to change the format and revise the Approved Document supporting Regulation 7 for Wales to come into force on the * July 2013.

Remove the Warranty Link Rule being applicable to Approved Inspectors in Wales, this is because since the 6th April 2013 in England all Approved Inspectors are no longer required to check if new dwellings are registered with a designated warranty scheme provider before undertaking the building control function on building work involving the creation by new build or conversion of any new dwellings for private sale or renting.

 

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