What is building control?

Built for safety

Building control is concerned with ensuring buildings are constructed in accordance with building regulations. The regulations are minimum standards for ensuring buildings are safe, inclusive environments for people to live and work in.

Building control encompasses building technology, building standards, fire safety, inclusive environments, energy conservation and so much more.

Why is building control so important?

The consequences of unsafe buildings are well-documented. Buildings play a huge role in our lives and it’s a reasonable expectation that they should be safe and pleasant environments for all. The building control profession plays a key part in ensuring buildings provide what we need to live and work within them.

Watch the webinar

Is it time to rethink building control?

In May, UCEM hosted a webinar in partnership with Construction Management, where this question and the fascinating world of building control are discussed.

It’s about sustainability

Buildings perform better if they are more energy-efficient. The more energy-efficient they are, the longer they will fulfil their function and, therefore, will be more sustainable. Building control professionals work to keep buildings sustainable.

It’s about expertise

Building control professionals set the standard for creating safe, high-performing, inclusive buildings. They work together on projects with property owners and builders, using their expertise and judgement in order to make the best decisions about the specification and design of buildings and structures, sharing this knowledge with colleagues in the built environment to the undoubted benefit of the sector.

Next steps

Join the movement of professionals making our buildings safe

If you would like to embark on a career in building control, why not take a look at our BSc (Hons) Building Control or apprenticeship route to see if our accredited online programme is right for you.