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This consultation seeks views on the ban of the use of combustible materials in and on external walls of buildings, including building types covered, height threshold, list of exemptions, attachments such as blinds, shutters and awnings, and a proposal to specifically ban the use of metal composite panels in and on the external walls of all buildings. In the Explanatory Memorandum published alongside the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 the government committed to review the effectiveness of the ban after one year. This is a consultation on proposed changes to the Regulations following that review. As part of the review, in June 2019 Read the full Story

New fire safety certificate to unlock UK high-rise flat market Banks and surveyors move to tackle post-Grenfell concerns and revive apartment sales The fire in Bolton’s Cube building in November has increased concerns about the safety of high-rise buildings © Peter Byrne. Apartment blocks more than six storeys high will need to pass new fire safety checks before the flats can be bought and sold, in an initiative aimed at tackling post-Grenfell fire concerns, which resulted in thousands of homes being valued at zero. Surveyors and banks on Monday set out plans for a new fire safety certificate for external Read the full Story

Scottish Government sends out a consultation on energy efficiency for owner occupied homes Improving energy efficiency and reducing the demand for heat in owner occupied homes will play an important part in helping to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty. This consultation outlines proposals to tackle these issues. It sets out details of an energy efficiency standard for owner occupied homes to reach, and suggests that it should be legally binding. It also sets out how homeowners can be helped and supported to bring their homes up to the standard. – https://bit.ly/2uosVXe

In case you are not aware, please see the attached updates from BBA regarding amended building regulations in Scotland. These rules are now in place and should be adhered too. Important Notice Regarding Amended Building Regulation in Scotland – https://bit.ly/2MWym6G Building Standards Technical Handbooks 2019 changes summary – https://bit.ly/34csBrp

The Scottish Government has published new 2019 Technical Handbooks which apply to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 October 2019 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from 1 October 2019. The new Technical Handbooks include changes to procedural and technical guidance on compliance and fire safety.   A copy of the document can be found here https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-standards-technical-handbook-2019-domestic/

I am getting in touch today to highlight to you a number of sources of information that the Government has recently made available to help businesses prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU as we wanted to make sure that you and your members are aware of them. Please can you cascade this information to your members to ensure they are aware of these resources. The Government has been clear that it does not want or expect a ‘no deal’ scenario. However, until MPs have voted to approve a deal we will continue to do the responsible thing and prepare Read the full Story

SWIGA GDPR Compliance

May 16, 2018


SWIGA processes a certain amount of personal data in order to service the guarantee, ensure installer and assessor compliance with surveillance and certification requirements and in the handling of claims against the 25-year guarantee. The SWIGA guarantee is issued against the property and as such no longer contains personal homeowner data other than a property address, whereas claims data will contain personal data and be required to be retained for the life of the guarantee. In the case of installers and system holders, SWIGA must maintain certain personal details whilst installers and system holders are registered as SWIGA members and Read the full Story

SWIGA is providing access to copies of the three industry developed documents that supplement the new PAS2030:2017.

The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open. Therefore the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is advising anyone in Scotland considering solid wall insulation to their property to ensure they use a SWIGA member. The HEEPS Loan scheme is open to owner occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords in Scotland. They can now apply for an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures and the repayment period varies based on the amount borrowed but those taking out higher value loans for solid wall insulation for example, Read the full Story

The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is a not for profit guarantee provider for solid wall solutions. Set up by industry to encourage continuous industry quality improvements through the use of its unique quality framework. SWIGA provides direct support to the customer through its extensive network of member’s expertise. The SWIGA guarantee offers cover for; external wall, internal wall and hybrid systems for traditional solid wall properties, non-traditional properties such as no-fines concrete and frame buildings. As well as providing cover for low and high rise apartments. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA, commented; “SWIGA’s commitment to provide the Read the full Story