LABC has spent 18 months working on its 10 point plan, investing in standards, competencies and qualifications, drawing on expert advice from the Chartered Institute of Building, the Institution of Fire Engineers and the University of Wolverhampton.
What we've done
- Launched an all new National Standard and UKAS-accredited independent audit of LABC local teams.
- Introduced the first national survey of individual competencies in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton, CIOB and IFE.
- Piloted surveyor competency validations for those working on higher risk projects which will be rolled out nationally in three waves starting with the core cities.
- Established a national database of competencies.
- Launched an insurance backed scheme for local authorities to share people with specialist competencies.
- Updated the LABC Partner Authority Scheme to provide ‘primary authorities’ for multi-site developers.
- Developed new performance standards for the functions only local authority building control teams undertake e.g. enforcement, dangerous structures, safety at sports grounds and demolition.
- Established a forum for the nations of the UK so that all UK public service building standards professionals can share technical policy, registered details, field research and policy development.
- Developed new digital learning resources to enable self-study, distance learning and recorded CPD specific to building control standards.
- Finally, we are creating a cross-industry, cross-profession practitioner’s committee to study and review building practices.
Keep up to date with the latest developments in how LABC is working to improve building control standards by visiting our Safer Future page.