In this issue, we look at Japanese knotweed, new building regulations on digital infrastructure for broadband connectivity, and at an integrated platform for building control officers and their clients. We also discuss the challenges of providing services to local authority and private-sector organisations and outline a range of perspectives on the APC process.
It is important that all surveyors realise that the plant can pose a significant and costly risk, and, as Paul Beckett explains, “it is vitally important that surveyors fully consider the risks and collect evidence to support the reasonableness of their surveys. This could simply involve taking photographs or including caveats that limit their liability when growth is obscured or cleared away, for instance in winter.”
Elsewhere, Claire Haynes and Helen Garthwaite set out the new building regulations that highlight the importance of sustainable digital infrastructure for broadband connectivity, while Chris Kendall looks at how an integrated platform is changing the relationship between building control officers and their clients.
Head of Building Consultancy for Birmingham-based Acivico Richard Culliford also talks about the challenges of providing services to local authority and private-sector organisations, and Karen Rogers outlines a range of perspectives on the APC process.
Editor, Built Environment Journal
Barney works with professionals to produce the Building Surveying Journal and Building Control Journal which support building surveyors in the technical and professional aspects of their day-to-day work.