Written 16 posts

A Building Standards Career

1st October 2020

A guest post by Ann-Marie Scollon To mark the launch of the Building Standards Workforce Strategy, Ann-Marie Scollon, Building Standards Surveyor in West Dunbartonshire Council shares her experience of joining the profession. In 2010, I graduated with a Building Surveying degree. During my studies, I encountered a lecturer who was passionate about Building Standards Surveying….

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Building Standards Division on working from home

24th September 2020

Blog by Senior Management Team, Linda Stewart, Steven Scott and Neil Mitchell When we left the office in March, no one expected we would be away from our desks, each other and our normal routines for so long!  Now, working from home (WFH) is the new normal!  It has not been without its challenges, setting…

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Building Standards Workforce Strategy Blog – September 2020

11th September 2020

blog by Gordon Gilchrist Leading up to March this year, Building Standards Division was full steam ahead with preparations to launch the workforce strategy.  So much work was in place to make sure the strategy would be ready for its planned launch at the end of May.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we had…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Building and Construction Sector in Australia

24th August 2020

A guest post from Neil Savery, Chief Executive, Australian Building Codes Board In many respects the building and construction sector has fared better than most, as at no stage has it been subject to closure as part of any lockdown measures applied to date.  This in part reflects the significance of its contribution to the…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Building and Construction Sector in America

20th August 2020

A guest post from Judy Zakreski, Vice President of Global Services, International Code Council, America The COVID-19 pandemic with which the world is still contending has impacted every aspect of life, and the construction and building safety industry are no exception. Every country – and in some countries, individual jurisdictions – have navigated a different…

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Interview with an Approved Certifier about working on site during the COVID-19 pandemic

17th August 2020

A guest post from SNIPEF and approved certifier Lee Paterson of James Paterson Plumbing and Heating Ltd about returning to work on site. Tell us about your business We are a family run business which was started by my father in 1987. We started off with three staff and now employ 96 people. We have four…

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Remote Verification Inspection Journey

3rd August 2020

 A guest post by Laura Shanks from Stirling Council’s Building Standards Team Remote Verification Inspection? This is the prominent question that triggers the most discussion within our building standards team. In recent months our team determined that Remote Verification Inspection (RVI) would be a real time virtual inspection arranged and determined by the case officer,…

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The advantages of certification during the COVID-19 recovery period

23rd July 2020

A guest post from SELECT and Stirling Electrical Services Ltd As an Approved Certifier for 15 years, Scott McLean knows the many advantages of certification – and is now seeing first-hand how it’s helping the construction industry recover from COVID-19 too. The experienced electrician believes the scheme has brought its own unique benefits during the…

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Making better use of digital technologies

25th March 2020

A guest post by Frank Doherty, The Highland Council While considering this blogpost, we have entered a period of Global Pandemic, with Coronavirus impacting us all in ways we haven’t seen before. Delivering a Building Standards service has traditionally been a paper and personal contact exercise, so where does this leave us, and how can…

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Building Resilience to Flooding

3rd March 2020

A blog by Thomas Lennon Following storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge no one can be in any doubt that the flooding of our towns, cities and properties is on the increase. Flooding cannot be prevented, it is estimated that in Scotland 284,00 homes and properties are at risk of flooding. Around 229,000 of these properties…

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