Building control at crisis point

It has been reported in Architects Journal that building control is at a crisis point as building inspectors are struggling to find appropriate insurance cover and many private building inspectors have stopped practicing and are referring work to competitors or local authorities (see a statement from approved inspector Aedis as an example). A spokesperson for the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) said: ‘Statutory regulations on professional indemnity and public liability insurance are currently excessively stringent, meaning many insurers are unwilling to provide cover for inspectors. This is creating a crisis point within the building control industry.

’Urgent consideration is needed from the government to attempt to resolve the situation before large numbers of firms of all sizes are forced to cease trading. Failure to act will severely curtail the industry’s capability to sign off safe buildings.’

Will this result in a rise of buildings with dangerous defects? Read more here.