New animation highlights benefits of certification for construction industry

SCOTLAND’S building standards scheme providers have released a new animation to explain the role certification plays in Scotland’s construction sector and how it can help the industry’s recovery from Covid-19.

The 90-second film outlines the benefits the group claims certification can bring to the post-pandemic landscape, including: better health and safety with reduced bodies on site; improved efficiency and productivity thanks to fewer delays; and increased peace of mind with the highest standards upheld.

The film has been jointly produced by Scotland’s six major scheme providers – SELECT, Structural Engineers Registration, BRE Global, RIAS, NICEIC and SNIPEF.

Alan Wilson, MD at SELECT said, “We are producing this film to shine a spotlight on the many benefits that certification services bring, including improved health and safety, greater efficiency and better peace of mind. It creates a straightforward, easy-to-understand message that use of SBSC services can make construction safer, more secure and more skilled, and lead to a quicker and more efficient sector in Scotland.”

Fiona Hodgson, chief executive of SNIPEF added, “This is another step forward in proving that the various elements of the industry can work together for the common good, and that certification can help ensure best practice and uphold the highest possible building standards.”

Last month, Scotland’s housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP wrote to local authorities to highlight the positive impact of certification.

Robert Jopling, chairman of Scottish Registration Board at Structural Engineers Registration said, “It is vitally important that we continue to raise awareness of the work done by approved certifiers of construction and design. This new animation will stress that building standards certification services are key to ensuring that construction can return in Scotland and be able efficiently to deliver new buildings and improved facilities across different sectors.”

Dr Richard Atkins, chartered architect and member of the RIAS added, “Calculating energy use of buildings is complex but key to tackling a move to Zero Carbon. Certification of Design and Construction will contribute to raising and improving the quality of buildings across Scotland.”

  • Watch the new video here.