Gas work within new property development and refurbishment within Housing Associations is often carried out by external gas contractors. There seems to be an alarming trend towards the absolving of responsibility by Housing Associations for this work to the gas contractor by not taking a proactive role in Quality Control and supervision. This is leading to expensive rectification work programmes further down the line.
Most Housing Associations and Local Authorities are proactive in managing gas contractors who undertake Landlord Gas Safety checks as part of the responsibilities laid down by the Gas Safety Regulations (CP12 LGSR) but these processes are not extending to new gas installation work within new build and refurbishment programmes.
To ensure compliance and to save Housing Associations significant funds for the future, CORGI has been working with development and refurbishment teams by giving independent inspections throughout major work programmes, assessing gas work at first fix, second fix and commission or sign off stages.
Lee Carter Technical Expert at CORGI commented: “This has proved a very cost effective measure that ensures clients receive value for money and a safe gas installation. It benefits everyone to speak to us at the start of a project and we are happy to speak to Housing Associations and Local Authorities at an early planning stage to help them prevent unnecessary costs being incurred.”
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