SELECT has welcomed the appointment of James Whiteford as Chair of Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS), the organisation representing building standards verifiers in Scotland.
Mr Whiteford, who is the Lead Building Standards Surveyor (West) for Scottish Borders Council, took the reins from Dave Aitken, Team Leader Building Standards Dundee City Council, at the organisation’s recent AGM and Conference at Discovery Quay in Dundee.
Dave Forrester, Head of Technical Services at SELECT, said: “SELECT has long campaigned for and supported approved certification and we stand firmly with James as he takes responsibility for this vitally important role of protecting and preserving the integrity of the built environment.
“LABSS has issued guidelines regarding certification services and parts of the regime work very well. However, SELECT feels that it would be advisable to make the use of existing approved certifier schemes mandatory, particularly for Government-funded work.”
Mr Whiteford said: “SELECT is a strong campaigning body which has been a consistent supporter of approved certifier schemes and I look forward to working with the SELECT team and other concerned bodies to update awareness”.