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Jun03

So How Do I know if my Building is 18m High or Not?

So How Do I know if my Building is 18m High or Not?

This may seem a strange question to ask but not when it comes to measuring the height of the buildings in relation to the recent Advice Notes issued by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government(MHCLG) following the establishment of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel (the Expert Panel).

In my article published in the April 2021 edition of The Expert Witness Journal I review some anomalies.

 

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Feb22

The UK Adjudicators 2021 Edinburgh Adjudication & Arbitration Conference

The UK Adjudicators 2021 Edinburgh Adjudication & Arbitration Conference

The UK Adjudicators 2021 Edinburgh Adjudication & Arbitration Conference takes place online on 5 March 2021, and I am pleased to be involved in this event on the on the “Diversity in ADR” panel.

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Feb13

Good News for there is now an additional 3.5 billion funding for non ACM cladding remediation works for buildings over 18m

Good News for there is now an additional 3.5 billion funding for non ACM cladding remediation works for buildings over 18m

Isn't this good news!

 

In fact isn't it excellent news!

 

On 10th February 2021 the Housing Secretary annouced that the government will pay for the removal of unsafe cladding for all leaseholders in high rise buildings, providing reassurance and protecting them from costs.

 

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Feb13

PAS2035 Retrofitting Dwellings For Improved Energy Efficiency. Specification And Guidance

PAS 2035 published by BSI is a key document in a framework of new and existing standards on how to conduct effective energy retrofits of existing buildings.AdobeStock 278764771 smaller house 

 

Dec08

Non Destructive Investigations of External Facades

Investigations of External Facades

Non Destructive Investigations of External Facades

In carrying out external wall fire surveys I work in collaboration with Diamond & Co Diamond and Co who specialise in using non-destructive techniques wherever practicably possible to investigate external facades.

Non-destructive investigation methods for many reasons are cost effective least of all being that they do not require the repair of the building fabric and decorative finishes after the investigation has taken place.


 

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Mar14

UK Adjudicators 2021 Edinburgh Adjudication & Arbitration Conference

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On 5th March 2021 i took part in the UK Adjudicators 2021 Edinburgh Adjudication & Arbitration Conference

 
Sep06

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

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Every week the Grenfell Tower Inquiry sits, the BBC analyses and explains the evidence heard through their podcasts.

The podcasts are exceptionally clear

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on the night of 14 June 2017.

Aug16

Professional Indemnity Insurance, External Wall Fire Reviews and EWS1’s

Professional Indemnity Insurance, External Wall Fire Reviews and EWS1’s

 

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You may have had a few quotations in for an external wall fire review and the EWS1 and thought they were ‘expensive’ but have you actually considered why?

 

The cost of professional indemnity insurance that consultants have to pay is affecting the cost of undertaking external wall fire reviews and the completion of the EWS1 forms.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) is not only extremely difficult to obtain but it is also extremely expensive even if obtainable.

There is also a lack of available PII cover for all but those of firms who will have the turnover to cover the insurance premiums.

Jun07

Expert Witness Services

Expert Witness Services

Bernadette Barker is now included Dr Chris Pamplin's UK Register of Expert Witnesses.

 

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Jul10

The EWS1 Form and Limited Combustibility

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What is limited combustibility as referred to in Option A on the EWS1 form?

Have a look at Note 6 on the EWS1 form which states:

‘Note 6 – The term ‘limited combustibility’ is as defined in BS9991:2015’.

Jan24

MHCLG Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings 20 January 2020

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This Advice Note dated 20 January 2020 consolidates and supersedes the existing Advice Notes 1 to 22. The advice on the assessment of non-ACM external wall systems (previously Advice Note 14) has been updated and incorporated, and some of the advice within the previous published notes has been condensed to make it clearer.


The Advice Note also clarifies how the 18m height of a building is measured as it was silent in various other Advice Notes issued.

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