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The Abolition of the Code for Sustainable Homes

Code for Sustainable HomesOn Wednesday 25th March 2015 a Written Ministerial Statement was issued which sets out the conclusions to the government’s Housing Standards Review. The Statement was timed to coincide with completion of the passage through Parliament of the Deregulation Bill 2015 which we understand will shortly receive Royal Assent.

The Statement makes it clear that from the date the Deregulation Bill 2015 is given Royal Assent, the government’s policy is that planning permissions should not be granted requiring, or subject to conditions requiring, compliance with any technical housing standards other than for those areas where authorities have existing policies on access, internal space, or water or energy efficiency.

Where there is an existing plan policy which references the Code for Sustainable Homes, or where there are existing specific equivalent policies on water or energy efficiency, authorities may continue to apply a requirement for a water efficiency standard equivalent to a forthcoming new national technical standard, or in the case of energy, a standard consistent with the policy set out in the following paragraph concerning energy performance.

Further details regarding the changes can be found on our CSH web page, or by contacting our Environmental Team on: 01892 891280.

Updated: 2015-04-02 10:39:58   Added: 2015-04-02 10:39:58

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) consultation on the replacement of the CDM Regulations 2007 commenced on 31 March 2014 and ended on 6 June 2014. The new Regulations will come into force on Monday 6th April 2015. The draft Legal (L) Series guidance was published on 9th January in order to help anyone who has duties under the Regulations to prepare in advance.


  1. Removal of the CDMC role and the introduction of a new role of the Principal Designer;
  2. Domestic clients (homeowners) no longer exempt;
  3. Removal of the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP);
  4. Threshold for notification amended;
  5. Appointment of Duty Holders (Principal Designer & Principal Contractor);
  6. Replacement of the competency requirements;
  7. Transitional arrangements.


We can help you comply with your respective duties under the CDM Regulations 2015.

BBS Site Services has provided CDM related services across a broad spectrum of construction sectors using the experience gained by our knowledgeable staff and will continue to do so by offering:

  • Client CDM Advisor - the provision of a construction health and safety advisory service to the Client, assisting them in fulfilling their role;
  • Principal Designer - the provision of the Principal Designer role (Direct to Clients);
  • Consultant Principal Designer - the provision Principal Designer consultancy services to designers appointed as Principal Designer.


Further information is available on our CDM Regulations 2015 web page.

Updated: 2015-03-12 09:59:03   Added: 2015-03-12 09:59:02

Build It Live! Show - Bluewater Shopping Centre, 28th Feb and 1st March

Build It Iive, Bluewater Shopping CentreBBS will, once again, be exhibiting at the Build It Live! Show. The Event is being held at the Bluewater Shopping Centre this coming weekend: 28th February and 1st March. To obtain your two FREE TICKETS, please click on the image.


Staff from our Building Control and Environmental departments will be on hand throughout the event to discuss your construction projects. So, if you intend to visit this year then please drop by our Stand (A7). We look forward to meeting clients - old and new - at the Show!

Updated: 2015-02-23 14:36:25   Added: 2015-02-23 14:36:25

Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS): Deadline for Compliance - 5th December 2015

UK organisations must report compliance for the Environment Agency's mandatory energy assessment scheme, ESOS, by 5th December this year.


Generally speaking, organistaions with more than 250 employees must consider their entire energy useage over a 12 month period. This includes: buildings, transport and commercial processes. The ESOS assessment must gain board level sign off and be verified by a Lead ESOS Assessor.


For further information on ESOS, and whether your organistion falls within the assessment criteria, please contact a member of a our Lead ESOS Assessment Team. Call 01892 891280 or email

Updated: 2015-01-28 15:04:30   Added: 2015-01-28 15:04:30

Charity Ball in Aid of Hospice in the Weald

Hospice in the WealdHome and GardenThe Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells was the venue for the Home and Garden Winter Ball 2014. The 'Black Tie' Event was hosted by Jamie Murdoch and Rebecca Turner of Home and Garden Property Refurbishment Limited. Jamie and Rebecca organised a splendid evening with all the proceeds being donated to Hospice in the Weald, Pembury, Kent.

Tickets for the evening included a champagne and canape reception, followed by a 3 course dinner. After the dinner guests were treated to live entertainment by the band, "Covers in Arms". A raffle and auction also took place and among the many excellent prizes were a holiday for two on the island of Tobago, a Porsche racing day at Silverstone and an Apple Macbook Air.

A cheque for over £5,000 raised on the night has been presented to Sara Clark, Corporate Fundraising Manager at the Hospice in the Weald. BBS is proud to have sponsored the Event in acknowledgement of the tremendous work done by all the staff and volunteers at the Hospice.

Updated: 2014-12-17 14:41:53   Added: 2014-12-17 14:41:52

St Andrews, Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3

Client: Barratt Homes East London
Masterplanners: Allies and Morrison
Architects: Glen Howell Architects and Allies & Morrison

Work is nearing completion on the St Andrews project in Bromley-by-Bow, London. The development consists of three linear blocks and two tower blocks - one at each end of the site - comprising a total of 983 residential units,commercial units and a health centre. BBS Environmental has completed SAPs, Code Level 3 and SBEM calculations across the five blocks.

Updated: 2014-10-01 12:24:54   Added: 2014-10-01 12:24:54

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