What is a buildings control surveyor?
A buildings control surveyor or officer works with the architect, the design team and contractors to ensure a new construction or refurbishment conforms to building regulations before applying for planning permission.
If planning permission is granted, he or she will then make sure government health and safety regulations are in place. They will also ensure new buildings are as green as possible and take into account the most current government sustainability regulations.
Their work will involve assessing a building on all stages of development through regular site visits as well as checking building plans and keeping records of progress.
Building control teams often work for or with local authorities to carry out surveys of potentially dangerous sites, for instance after a fire or an accident.
Becoming a buildings control surveyor
Building control is one of the faculties of the Royal Institution of Chartered Engineers.
You will need an in-depth knowledge of regulations covering public health, fire safety, security, construction technology and energy conservation, building accessibility and other environmental issues.
Non-graduates will need to have an HND or HNC in building studies and pass the RICS professional exams.
Construction graduates do not need a certificate in building studies as they will be trained on the job.
For more information visit the RICS or the Institute of Fire Engineers.
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