Building Services News - in Focus

Gas Safe Register Scheme in Place

Corgi has been replaced by the Gas Safe Register Scheme as Britain's gas safety scheme. From 1 April 2009 by law anyone working on gas appliances must be on the Gas Safe Register, with the 120,000 Corgi registered engineers required to re-register to the new scheme.

Official figures show around 25 people a year die from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the incorrect installation of gas appliance and poor maintenance.

Ann Robinson, Gas Safe Register's director of public awareness highlighted the importance of gas safety:

"Gas Safe Register will raise public awareness of the dangers of using unregistered installers and explain how easy it is to avoid them by always using a registered engineer."

Further information: www.gassaferegister.co.uk

CSB Code Unwrapped

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has unveiled its detailed proposals for the new Code for Sustainable Buildings (CSB).

Supported by RIBA, Arup and Lend Lease, the UK-GBC is urging the government to introduce a single code for all new and existing non-domestic buildings.

The plan is for a ‘building MOT' to be introduced to monitor and improve the environmental performance of a building for the duration of its life.

Daniel Labbad, chief executive of Lend Lease, said the code will "create an overarching framework that could be easily understood across the industry."

Further information: www.lowcarbonbuildingsdirectory.org

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