BOPAS provides assurance to the lending community that innovatively constructed properties against which they may be lending, will deliver a consistent performance over a determined durability of 60 years.
The technologies involved in offsite manufactured systems and innovative construction techniques will change the construction landscape and BOPAS will ensure that they meet stringent quality criteria
The designers, manufacturers, and constructors involved in offsite manufactured systems are rigorously audited and approved to maintain the highest levels of quality assurance throughout the process and ensure their construction systems are approved for integrity, durability and performance.
Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS)BOPAS exists to provide assurance to the lending community that innovatively constructed properties will be sufficiently durable as to be readily saleable for a minimum of 60 years. The scheme serves as the vehicle for the standardisation of best practice across the offsite construction industry.
With Building LifePlans Ltd (BLP), we accredit designers, manufacturers, and constructors involved in offsite manufactured systems, through an audit process designed to provide lenders with the highest level of quality assurance.
The scheme has been developed by Buildoffsite, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Lloyd’s Register and BLP, in consultation with the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) and the Building Societies Association (BSA).
The scheme focuses on ensuring that accredited organisations have robust systems and procedures underpinned by a risk based approach which enables them to competently, and safely, deliver products or services which meet the requirements of their clients.
Benefits of using a BOPAS accredited organisation
Provides an assurance that delivery is through defined processes which meet best practice
Gives assurance that the processes and work controls across the supply chain are synchronised with each member working together with common aims, methods and objectives
Provides an assurance that risks to the project are comprehensively evaluated and mitigated
The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.
The letters ‘CE’ appear on many products that are traded on the single market in the European Economic Area (EEA).
The CE marking is required for many products. It:
shows that the manufacturer has checked that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements
is an indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation
allows the free movement of products within the European market
By placing the CE marking on a product a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking. The manufacturer is thus ensuring validity for that product to be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in third countries which are sold in the EEA and Turkey.
Not all products must bear the CE marking. Only those product categories subject to specific directives that provide for the CE marking are required to be CE marked.
CE marking does not mean that a product was made in the EEA, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market. It means the product satisfies the legislative requirements to be sold there. It means that the manufacturer has checked that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements, for example health and safety requirements.
If you are a manufacturer it is your responsibility to:
carry out the conformity assessment
set up the technical file
issue the EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC)
place CE marking on a product
If you are a distributor you must check the presence of both the CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation.
If you are importing a product that is from a third country you have to check that the manufacturer outside the EU has undertaken the necessary steps. You must check that the documentation is available.
LABC Warranty works in partnership with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) to provide structural warranties for developers, contractors, housing associations and self builders. Our partnership with LABC means we can provide building control and warranties throughout England and Wales using the combined technical expertise of over 3500 surveyors.
Having provided cover for over 10 years we work with some of the largest house builders, commercial contractors and developers in the country. All of our policies are underwritten by ‘A’ rated global insurers, ensuring you and your buyers are protected for the duration of the policy. Our cover is also accepted by all leading UK mortgage lenders helping you and your buyers secure finance easily.
As the leading home warranty and insurance provider and standards-setter for UK house-building, NHBC’s Buildmark covers around 80% of new homes built in the UK and currently protects over 1.6 million homes.
Premier Guarantee has over 300 employees that work across the length and breadth of the country, supporting our clients with their construction projects and delivering structural warranty solutions for all types of residential and commercial builds.
Our head office is based on the Wirral, where the majority of our team reside, situated on the docklands overlooking the majestic Liverpool skyline. We also operate out of a number of regional offices across the country. Whether you are looking for your first quote, checking on your certificates or looking to resolve a problem, our team work very closely with each other to make sure we deliver the best possible customer service.
Our surveyor network is made up of over 100 surveyors ensuring that our clients are always supported well by local surveyors who know their area and can be on site promptly when required. The surveyor team keep in regular contact with our customer service team over all on-site and off-site issues which allows us to deliver a first class service.
For our larger clients, you’ll also have support from our field sales team when it comes to managing your quotes, orders and ongoing work. They’ll meet with you regularly to check on the service you are receiving and identify any issues that may arise.
What’s great about Premier Guarantee is that all of our teams work in tandem so that when you call us, you’ll be able to speak to somebody who can support you in the right way, whatever the problem.
Premier Guarantee also operates internationally. If you are interested in finding out more about these services, view our international websites.