Who We Are
The Building Control Alliance is a unique industry group made up of representatives from clients, stakeholders and all the organisations directly involved in building control in England and Wales.
It includes the organisations supporting the many thousands of building control professionals – the Chartered Institute of Building, the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – and the professional associations promoting public and private sector building control – Local Authority Building Control and the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors.
Representatives of relevant Departments of Government often attend BCA meetings.
The BCA Committee & Chair
The Building Control Alliance Committee is made up of two representatives of each of its constituent bodies and the Chair is appointed by the committee from its members.
To ensure impartiality, the position of Chair rotates annually between the member bodies and during that period the Chair’s representative body provides the Secretariat for BCA.
The BCA is a not-for-profit organisation supoported wholly by contributions from its five member bodies.
The representation it provides and the initial mediation service are provided free-of-charge to the industry to promote the profession of Building Control.
Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI)
The ACAI is regarded as the voice of private sector building control.
The ACAI’s vision for building control is to provide a service:
- that delivers safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable buildings for current and future generations
- that works with the construction industry to ensure compliance
- based on the principles of risk assessment and independent third-party checking
- which is accountable to a single regulatory and licensing body which has the power to investigate complaints and, if necessary, to discipline or withdraw licenses to operate
- that is delivered by licensed Building Control Bodies (BCB’s) all subject to the same requirements in terms of competence, conduct, training and CPD, insurance and performance monitoring.
Local Authority Building Control (LABC)
Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Our members work cooperatively with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by the building regulations.
LABC’s network includes all local authorities representing a total of 3,000 professional building surveyors and technical support staff. LABC can give fast local support to any customer anywhere and regularly works with planners, conservation officers, access officers, fire services, highways and other organisations whose input might be required.
LABC is a ‘not-for-profit’ service and works with manufacturers, trade bodies, professional institutions and other recognised bodies to ensure that standards are well-defined and easy to apply.
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
CABE is the leading Professional Body for Building Engineers and those working within Building Control.
The Association is committed to developing professionals, sharing knowledge and raising standards and has a reputation for providing first-class guidance and training for those implementing and using the Building Regulations.
In addition, CABE aims to develop in terms of the range of expertise and professionalism of its members, the reputation and influence of the Association and the public trust and understanding of the role of a Chartered Building Engineer.
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building represents many people with diverse careers in construction, including Building Control professionals.
The CIOB Royal Charter promotes the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society and has been doing so since 1834. CIOB members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. The CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.
CIOB accredits university degrees, educational courses and training and their vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve.
We accredit 125,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise can cover many specialist areas, one of these being Building Control.
We’re proud of our reputation and we guard it fiercely, so clients who work with our registered professionals can have confidence in the quality and ethics of the services that they receive.