Certification providers to help develop future strategy

Dave Forrester

SELECT, the trade body for the electrical industry in Scotland, has announced it has joined with other certification scheme providers to work with the Scottish Government to address issues during the Covid-19 lockdown period and develop a strategy for the future.

The move comes after the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division (BSD) set up a group to address short, medium and long-term issues created by the outbreak.

The group is now holding weekly online meetings, and will feed into discussions at the Construction Leadership Forum chaired by Kevin Stewart, the minister for local government, housing and planning.

SELECT, along with SNIPEF, the plumbing employers’ body, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotlandthe certification body BRE Group, and NICEIC, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, will be represented by Robert Jopling of the Structural Engineers Registration scheme.

Dave Forrester, director of technical services at SELECT said, “We continue to face uncertain times, particularly now that we are planning for the return to construction activity. Certification schemes form an important part of that planning and future activity, especially during periods of limited physical and social contact.  We’re delighted to be represented by SER at this Group and look forward to a positive outcome for certification.”

Stephen Garvin, head of BSD commented, “The impacts of Covid-19 on the construction industry and overall economy are uncertain. However, building standards verification services are key to ensuring that construction can return and be able to deliver new buildings and improved facilities across different sectors.

“The group will bring together industry stakeholders, Scottish Government and Local Authority Building Standards Scotland to discuss issues affecting delivery of the building standards verification service as a result of the pandemic. Members will discuss the challenges experienced by industry and verifiers and take joint action including development of guidance to support the re-start of construction when that is deemed safe.”