Inspections and Reports on Dwellings

Author: Ian A. Melville
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
ISBN: 9780728204478
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Identifying the age of a property is a fundamental step in understanding its form of construction and in being prepared to differentiate between the characteristic defects of that age of property and defects which are more unusual and may warrant particular care in investigation and assessment. This second edition of Inspections and Reports on Dwellings: Assessing Age updates the market context within which surveyors and valuers are now operating. In particular it has a new section on post-2000 properties, reflecting the profound impact of Government policies and environmental concerns on the modern urban landscape. The book is divided into thirteen age bands with over seventy color photographs of dwellings for each period. A commentary on each age band outlines the social, environmental and technical influences on properties being built at the time, helping to explain why they look as they do. A broad range of dwellings is covered: large and small, private and public sector, old and new, and particular features which help to place a dwelling within one of the defined periods are highlighted in comments on the photographs. This book is intended for all those engaged in inspecting dwellings, whether experienced, newly qualified or studying for appropriate qualifications to become members of professional institutions.

Inspections and Reports on Dwellings

Author: Philip Santo
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136021299
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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With the introduction of Home Information Packs and Home Condition Reports house buying is being revolutionised! This second book in the series of four, following Inspections and Reports on Dwellings: Assessing Age, covers the entire field of inspecting dwellings, from ascertaining the clients’ requirements, setting the instructions by way of agreeing the Conditions of Engagement for any one of the five types of report envisaged as being covered by the series, to the physical inspection itself. Desirable attributes in the surveyor are discussed – qualifications, necessary insurance cover, both in respect of liability for his work and his own person, together with his fees. Court cases determining the scope and level of inspection are given full consideration and there is a concentration on ascertaining, particularly in regard to age, the materials and forms of construction that make up each part of a dwelling, the structure, finishes, services and surroundings and its condition, all by means of sight, sound, feel and smell.

Audit and Inspection of Local Authorities

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Communities and Local Government Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 9780215560384
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Local authority control of audit and performance provides opportunities to improve value for money and to focus more closely on local priorities. However, there are significant risks to accountability for public money unless new legal and practical arrangements are put in place to uphold the vital principle of auditor independence. Until now the Audit Commission has been the regulator, commissioner and major provider of local government audit services (undertaking 70% of the local government audit and commissioning the remaining 30% under contract from five private audit firms). Under the changes proposed, local government will in future appoint their own auditors. The Government plans to introduce a public audit bill in the autumn. The Committee argues this legislation must set out a number of key principles to govern public audit arrangements in the future: strict adherence to the principle of auditor independence; a majority of independent members on any local audit committee; additional safeguards to ensure the continued effectiveness of public interest reporting; a proportionate and risk based approach to the scope of local government audit - to permit local innovation and application, particularly with regards to local value for money work. The Committee also welcomes the LGA's proposals for sector-led performance management, but calls on the Government to clarify arrangements for intervention in the exceptional cases of serious corporate or service failure. It also repeats its call for the Government to examine the contribution which robust local government scrutiny arrangements could make to improving local government performance.

Title 24 Housing and Urban Development Part 0 to 199 Revised as of April 1 2014

Author: Office of The Federal Register, Enhanced by IntraWEB, LLC
Publisher: IntraWEB, LLC and Claitor's Law Publishing
ISBN: 0160923506
Format: PDF
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The Code of Federal Regulations Title 24 contains the codified Federal laws and regulations that are in effect as of the date of the publication pertaining to Federal housing and urban development programs, including equal opportunity and fair housing; Federal mortgage and mortgage relief programs; neighborhood reinvestment; and Section 8, disabled, elderly, Indian and public housing.

Title 26 Internal Revenue Part 1 1 0 to 1 60 Revised as of April 1 2014

Author: Office of The Federal Register, Enhanced by IntraWEB, LLC
Publisher: IntraWEB, LLC and Claitor's Law Publishing
ISBN: 0160918014
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The Code of Federal Regulations Title 26 contains the codified Federal laws and regulations that are in effect as of the date of the publication pertaining to Federal taxes and the Internal Revenue Service.

Title 24 Housing and Urban Development Parts 200 to 499 Revised as of April 1 2014

Author: Office of The Federal Register, Enhanced by IntraWEB, LLC
Publisher: IntraWEB, LLC and Claitor's Law Publishing
ISBN: 0160917956
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The Code of Federal Regulations Title 24 contains the codified Federal laws and regulations that are in effect as of the date of the publication pertaining to Federal housing and urban development programs, including equal opportunity and fair housing; Federal mortgage and mortgage relief programs; neighborhood reinvestment; and Section 8, disabled, elderly, Indian and public housing.

Layaway Procedures for U S Army Facilities Inspection Maintenance and Repair of Historic Buildings

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Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 1428912312
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This report provides interim guidelines for the layaway and periodic inspection, maintenance, and repair of historic buildings on U.S. Army installations. It builds on previous facility layaway research by the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) documented in CERL Technical Report M-91/23 (July 1991). This report describes the specific requirements for laying away historic buildings, providing guidelines for inspection and periodic maintenance and repair (M&R) for key building systems, components, and subcomponents. Topics discussed include definitions of historic buildings, Federal guidelines for laying away historic buildings, inspection purposes and guidelines, and categories of required M&R for laid away historic facilities. Appendixes to this report include eight extensive checklists to help guide the inspection and M&R of major building systems and components.

Building Surveys and Reports

Author: James Douglas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444391084
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book provides guidance on building survey work for typical residential, commercial and industrial buildings, with advice on how to diagnose a wide range of defects. It considers both modern and older construction methods, together with new and traditional materials. The particular problems of alteration and renovation work are discussed, with guidance on how to carry out measured surveys. A separate chapter covers survey problems after flood and fire damage, and the legal section takes account of recent developments in case law relating to inspections and surveys of properties. This new edition continues to provide a thorough treatment of all the key issues relating to surveying buildings, dealing with the problems that surveyors are likely to encounter when inspecting buildings. Changes for the new edition include: Examples and references have been updated Evaluation of condition rating systems for domestic and commercial buildings A new section on the home condition reports More information on slate defects Bibliography revised and expanded, to make it more comprehensive Additional appendix showing the home condition report format

Architecture Sustainable Development vol 2

Author: Magali Bodart
Publisher: Presses univ. de Louvain
ISBN: 2874632775
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This book of Proceedings presents the latest thinking and research in the rapidly evolving world of architecture and sustainable development through 255 selected papers by authors coming from over 60 countries.

Beyond Decent Homes

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Publisher: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 9780215544988
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The £40bn Decent Homes Programme has had a positive effect on the living conditions of most social housing tenants, this report finds, but the Government has failed to invest enough resources in the parallel programme to improve homes occupied by vulnerable people in the private sector. The Government must also clarify future funding: it is still unclear how the elimination of the remaining backlog of disrepair (around 3 per cent of social homes) will be funded; and how much will be available to maintain standards in the future. The Government must prevent another backlog of disrepair from building up after the current programme comes to an end in 2010. Carbon emissions reduction targets mean that the entire UK housing stock must be made more energy efficient. The decent homes standard has an important part to play and should be updated to enable this. The use of arm's-length management organisations (ALMOs) to manage council housing has led to improved standards and better planning, though not all councils were able to follow this model. The decent homes standard remains a low benchmark, however. The target for decency applied to private housing should be retained and strengthened by creating a National Indicator for private sector accommodation. A clear long term target should be set at a national level to bring all private sector homes (not just those occupied by vulnerable people) up to the decent homes standard.