news from BRE

published: 14/11/2012

BRE and Local Authority Building Control sign MoU

BRE and Local Authority Building Control (LABC) have signed an MoU that will drive the development of a more efficient building control acceptance service for construction products, systems and solutions under the LABCs Registered Details scheme.

The scheme enables developers, architects, designers, technical specifiers and contractors to register or use existing design details to minimise the building control checking and approvals process. Through it manufacturers register their products and LABC measure them against the Building Regulations and judge whether, if used correctly they will comply.


Under the agreement BRE will offer their testing and certification clients a pathway to LABC Registered Detail status for their products and systems which will be recognised in over 300 building control teams.across England and Wales. 

Speaking at the signing yesterday BRE Chief Executive Peter Bonfield (pictured centre) said ’BRE is pleased to support this collaboration with LABC which will speed up the process of building control in local authorities and help all those involved – a most positive development.’

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall (pictured right) added “This collaboration is important because it will enable us to drive more efficiency in the building control system. The more registered details we have the more quickly and effectively our building control can operate. It’s also a good way of pooling our knowledge base and spreading best practice more easily across the sector.  We also expect to be able to provide a range of value added services in areas such as energy efficiency, sustainability and skills training. We are pleased to work with BRE in this way.’


For further information contact: Linda McKeown, BRE, tel 01923 664569, email or Nalini Ramanah, LABC, PR and Marketing Manager, tel 07718 185433/0207 091 6874, email

LABC is the member organisation representing local authority building control departments in England and Wales. Its membership includes over 3,000 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 70% market share of building control in these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, healthy, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with the Building Regulations.  LABC builds awareness of local authority building control amongst the public, developers, designers and contractors.  It also works with government, trade organisations, manufacturers, distributors, research establishments, test houses and professional institutions to support innovation in building.  For more information please visit LABC website: