- 'General Election result - where now for construction?' - PBC Today
- 'People giving up on dream of homeownership' - UK Construction Online
- Over 250,000 have given up on the dream of homeownership
- BLP now offers latent defects insurance in the Republic of Ireland
- 'Quality homes must be at the forefront of the government's housing plans' - Planning & Building Control Today
- 'Millions put off moving home in the UK because of Brexit, poll shows' - Property Wire
- House hunters get Brexit jitters
- 'The role of sensors and data in the built environment' (White Paper)
- 'Structural defects can leave homeowners without insurance out of pocket' - PBC Today
- 'Drivers for sustainability in construction & the urban environment' (White Paper)
Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS)
BOPAS has been jointly developed by Buildoffsite, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Lloyd’s Register and BLP Insurance; in consultation with the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) and the Building Societies Association (BSA). It provides assurance to the lending community that innovatively constructed properties, against which they may be lending, will be sufficiently durable as to be readily saleable for a minimum of 60 years.
Although there are other lenders involved in the process the following have all made a significant contribution to developing the methodology:
- Lloyds TSB Group (including HBOS)
Lenders take into account the views of other professionals as part of their decision as to whether to lend on properties which are built with modern, innovative methods. BOPAS, which was developed with lender input, can assist lenders by providing assurance to lenders and other professionals, about non-traditionally constructed properties which lenders may be asked to lend on.
What the Assurance Scheme comprises
- A durability and maintenance assessment (carried out by BLP)
- A process accreditation
- A web enabled database comprising details of assessed building systems, registered sites and registered/warranted properties
Modern Methods of Construction - Backing Innovation: The benefits of offsite manufacture and modern methods of construction are driving efforts to overcome the challenges, report David Osrin and Paul Wornell - RICS Building Surveying Journal, May/June 2015
BOPAS accreditation enables the ready identification of new methods of construction and the assurance of their structural integrity through access to the BOPAS website, thus facilitating confident advice and accurate property valuations.