Architect, Building Regs And MBC Timber Frame..
Posted 31 March 2015 - 06:04 PM
To be MCIAT and offering services to clients they have to carry adequate PI and are building tech focused rather than design snobs (Not to say that Architectural Technologist can't design, most do a very good job), those adequately inclined also can provide CML certificates. You might find one near your area who can provide the building regs package and coordinate with the other consultants much cheaper than £9 or £10k. (I can't speak for all AT's)
You would need to clear it with the original building designer so as not to come unstuck with copyright issues. This normally just involves making sure they are paid up to date, the person taking on the building regs package will probably have to redraw/remodel the proposal in their chosen design system.
Posted 31 March 2015 - 06:57 PM
Our approved inspector (not using LABC - would advise doing the same if you're not using an architect) has digested the MBC plans (and those from the SE) and no huge issues so far, a few points to clarify but we seem to be in reasonably good shape.
Remember that the MBC element is only one part of BC's approvals, plenty of other things to do!
I suppose the £10k would have tied everything up in a neat bow but it would have taken time and no guarantees that there would be resulting issues. We will need to agree more matters on site as we wont have a full construction specification in advance but this is not a huge deal, the SAP calc goes a long way to addressing many of the common issues.
Posted 01 April 2015 - 11:43 AM
Posted 01 April 2015 - 01:16 PM
It's all documented in my blog here on the forum, with copies of my building regs submission.
Sorry I cant link to it, I'm replying by very limited bandwidth mobile!
Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:29 PM
The building control ones should give you a good idea as to what's needed - ours is an MBC build as well.
Nothing was sent from MBC to building control, everything they needed to grant approval is in that blog entry (bar all the site inspections, none of which have required us to do any remedial work).
Since then I've also had the electrician send in the Part P certificate, I've sent in my own MVHR commissioning certificate (as I bought a flow meter and did the job myself) and the SAP EPC report has been lodged on the database and sent to building control.
All we are waiting for now is the final sign off inspection sometime in the next few weeks (I hope).
Edited by jsharris, 01 April 2015 - 07:30 PM.
Posted 01 April 2015 - 07:42 PM
The inspector has responded with a few clarification questions that I've forwarded to MBC - essentially I'm the go between.
Have done same with the drainage and basement design inc. calcs from our SE (as we're not using the MBC slab).
I've done a draft SAP using FSAP 2012 (see Jeremy's posts on this, super helpful). The hardest part of that was measuring all the various internal areas of the house. I'll be sharing that with the inspector once I've finalised my window spec and my NMA for PV has been approved by the LA (PV would take my SAP from high B to mid A). I'll get a proper assessor to do the official submission using my template.
Current outstanding items include the water usage plan (using http://www.thewaterc...calculator2.asp) which does require some decisions on shower type and rain water harvesting to meet the per person requirement) and the ventilation design plan which I will get from a vendor (whether I actually use them or not).
So its not been that onerous at all but I think the is very dependent on the inspector - ours has been extremely helpful and proactive - he recommended that we get some commencement work in ahead of April to avoid being subject to even more onerous regs and as luck had it we were able to bring forward some drainage work we needed to move into the static van.