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Allowable Solutions Consultation Documen

The DCLG published the consultation document on allowable solutions this week (6th August, 2013). The government recognises that it is not always viable or feasible for house builders to totally reduce carbon emissions through on-site measures. Therefore the consultation document explains the principles for delivering allowable solutions and to seek comments from the construction industry on the best way forward to achieve the zero carbon home standard by the 2016 deadline. Alongside the consultation document, a development stage impact assessment document has also been published.

BBS will be hosting a series of seminars in November, explaining the latest changes to Part L and the implications for architects, contractors and house builders. The dates and venues for the seminars will be a announced in the coming weeks. To ensure that you receive further details on the forthcoming seminars, please call John Barham on: 01892 893733 or email:

Updated: 2013-08-09 13:08:23   Added: 2013-08-09 13:08:23

Government Unveils Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations

After months of deliberation the Government has unveiled the changes to Part L. Initially scheduled for October 2013, the changes will now come into force in April 2014.

Baroness Hanham, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government), in a written statement to the House of Lords said, "The Part L changes take an important and technically meaningful step towards zero carbon homes, but one that allows Government to meet its commitments to reduce the overall regulatory burden upon home builders."

Under the revisions announced yesterday there will be an uplift of 6% energy efficiency standards on new build homes on the current regulations. This falls short of the Government's original 8% target. In regards to non-domestic buildings the uplift will be 9%, a significant reduction on the 20% proposed in the consultation which closed in April 2013. The existing partial relaxation of targets for homes built off the gas grid will remain at current levels. However, the emphasis on how home builders meet carbon dioxide targets will be reinforced through the introduction of a new Fabric Energy Efficiency (FEES) Standard.

The delay in the government's response to the April 2012 consultation caused concern within the construction industry. John Alker, Director of Policy and Communications, UK Green Building Council said that the length of time it has taken the Government to publish the changes to Part L is inexcusable.

The Government's announcement on Part L changes has thrown up as many answers as questions. There are unresolved issues surrounding the consultations on Housing Standards and Allowable Solutions. However, the timetable of zero carbon new homes by 2016 is still a major goal. Further information should be forthcoming in the autumn. Meanwhile, the Government has re-emphasised its support for the Zero Carbon Hub, a non-profit company established to take operational responsibility for co-ordinating delivery of low and zero carbon new homes.

Updated: 2013-07-31 12:30:27   Added: 2013-07-31 12:30:27

Building Control Surveyors - West London (all areas), Guildford and Southampton/Portsmouth

BBS Building Control is a leading Corporate Approved Inspector providing a client-focused service on Residential, Mixed-use, Commercial, Retail, Education, Industrial and Domestic schemes. As our business continues to develop significantly, we are keen to attract high quality and enthusiastic Building Control Surveyors to join our teams.

Applicants should be qualified RICS/ABE/CIOB with a proven track record in Building Control and experience in plan checking and site inspections. Highly competitive salary package (to include company car, pension and private healthcare). We would like to speak to both full time and part time surveyors.

If you can contribute to our quality services and wish to work within our friendly and enthusiastic teams, please apply in writing enclosing your CV to: Sarah Smith, BBS, Teaselwood Barn, Lamberhurst Vineyard, Furnace Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8LA, or email to:

Updated: 2013-07-15 14:48:47   Added: 2013-07-15 14:48:47

BBS Proudly Sponsors the CIOB Kent Construction Professionals Dinner


The Hadlow Manor Hotel, Goose Green was the setting for the prestigious annual CIOB Kent Construction Professionals' Dinner. Chair of the CIOB Kent Centre, Dave Mills ICIOB, welcomed honoured guests including the President of the CIOB Peter Jacobs FCIOB.

The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, principle speaker, entertained the 150 guests with his witty anecdotes about his time in politics and latterly as a television presenter.  Magician, Adam Smith, kept the guests spellbound with his amazing magic tricks. ‚Ä®Sponsors of the Event were: AD Bly Construction; BBS Building Control; Davis Construction and Denne.

The nominated charity for the evening was the Kent Cancer Trust, a charity based in Kent for Kent people. Dr Mark Hill attended the dinner as representative of the KCT providing guests with an insight into the work of the charity. Prizes for the raffle held on the evening to raise funds for this worthy cause were kindly donated by local companies including; AD Bly Construction, BBS Building Control, ISG; and Kier.

Updated: 2013-07-09 14:15:01   Added: 2013-07-09 14:15:01

Wayland House, Stockwell Park, London - Regeneration Scheme

Wayland HouseClient: Network Housing Group
Planner: Jones Lang LaSalle
Architect: PRP Architects
Quantity Surveyor: Mace Limited
Contractor: Wates Construction
M & E Engineer: Calford Seaden
Building Control: BBS Building Control Limited
Code and SAP Assessments: BBS Environmental

BBS has been appointed both Building Control and Code/SAP Assessor on this major regeneration project in South London. The existing 15-storey building will be demolished and replaced with a part 15-storey and part 20-storey apartment block, comprising 159 flats - private sale and affordable housing. The £28 million project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2015.

Updated: 2013-06-25 12:10:50   Added: 2013-06-25 12:10:50

Renaissance Scheme Receives Regional Award

Developer: Barratt East London
Architect: Assael Architecture Limited
Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor: BBS Environmental

Renaissance, Lewisham

The Regional Building Excellence Awards Ceremony was held in London last week. Blocks A, B and C within the Renaissance scheme in south east London received a Highly Commended Award for building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.

The Renaissance development is playing a major role in the Lewisham urban regeneration project. The 1.7 hectare site will provide a total of 788 dwellings, comprising private and affordable town houses and apartments. Phase 1 - 184 apartments, public plaza and energy centre - has been implemented. Phase 2, providing a further 407 apartments and commercial space is partially completed. Phase 3 has begun and includes 11 town houses and 5 maisonettes which achieve CfSH Level 6. BBS Environmental is carrying out the CfSH assessments on the entire scheme.

Updated: 2013-05-20 14:10:31   Added: 2013-05-20 14:10:31

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