RAAC

By RRPaiceCo

RAAC which stands for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete is making the news at present. In short, it is a lightweight type of concrete that was used from the 1950’s to the 1960’s because it was lighter, cost less and had good fire resistant properties.  Experts advise that the lifespan of this type of concrete is typically…

Building Safety Act 2022

By RRPaiceCo

The Government has now released more details and an update with regard to the Building Safety Act 2022. In this respect, from 1 October 2023 the new Dutyholder Regime has been introduced into the Building Regulations. There is now clear recognition that the new Gateway 2 and 3 Regime is applicable to high rise buildings (HRB). It…

Court of Appeal Judgement

By RRPaiceCo

Mulalley & Co Ltd v Martlet Homes Ltd Martlet, a Housing Association which owns 5 tower blocks in Gosport (designed and built between 2005 and 2008), sought damages from Mulalley. They claimed the cladding used consisted of highly flammable expanded polystyrene (EPS wall insulation) and the mineral wall fibre barriers used had been defectively installed.…

MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARD DEADLINE (MEES)

By RRPaiceCo

There are less than 60 days until the MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARD (MEES) deadline on 1 April 2023. This requires that all non domestic properties must meet a minimum EPC rating of E or above. Then, by 2030 all such properties will need an EPC rating of B or above. The effect of this will…

Fire Safety Act 2021 and Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

By RRPaiceCo

The Fire Safety Act 2021 was one of the most important pieces of legislation that commenced last year (on 16 May 2022). The Act amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Act clarifies that responsible person(s) (RPs) for multi occupied residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire to the structure…

The Pyramus & Thisbe Society

By RRPaiceCo

The Pyramus & Thisbe Club [as it was originally known] was set up in 1974 by leading party wall surveyors of the time to support and provide greater professionalism with regard to party wall matters. During 2022 the organisation became a Learned Society. We have been members of the Club for many years and we…

EWS1 – To Certify Safety of Buildings Without Cladding

By RRPaiceCo

In response to recent contradictory announcements about the need to certify buildings without cladding the Government, last month, announced that people living in blocks of flats without cladding will no longer have to produce “an external wall system (EWS1) safety certificate if they want to sell their home or obtain a new mortgage.  The announcement…

Fire Safety Changes for Upward Extension Permitted Development

By RRPaiceCo

The Government have introduced a new Prior Approval Condition relating to fire safety for permitted development. During the Christmas break the Government added a further Fire Approval condition. The new condition relates to upward extension permitted development rights to existing residential and commercial properties to address fire safety concerns. The Government created permitted development (PD)…

EPC Update September 2020

By RRPaiceCo

The Government are intending to change Energy Reports in several ways from 20 September 2020.  Format The biggest change is that Energy Reports (including domestic, commercial, new build EPC’s, DEC’s and air conditioning reports) will no longer be created and provided as PDF’s but will instead be URL’s (or links) to the EPC page on…

Reforms to Planning System “to get the Country building”

By RRPaiceCo

The Housing Secretary has announced an overhaul of the Country’s outdated planning system, designed to deliver the high quality, sustainable homes the community needs. The changes will transform a system that has long been criticized for being too sluggish in providing housing for families, key workers and young people. As well as being ineffectual in…