The Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) was formed in 1996 to increase awareness and understanding of private sector building control as a commercial, professional and cost-effective alternative to local authority inspectors. Today it has about 40 members who collectively represent 95% of all independent building control work.
The ACAI has built strong relationships with key stakeholders in central government, government agencies and the building industry over many years and is regarded as the voice of independent building control.
ACAI members are often called on to contribute to research conducted by Communities & Local Government and other Government bodies.
We lobby for better regulation. For example, the ACAI is taking an active role in the current debate on the future of building control, representing the interests of Approved Inspectors in the private sector.
It has joined forces with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Association of Building Engineers (ABE), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Local Authority Building Control (LABC) to create the Building Control Alliance, which gives the industry a united voice on the Government’s reform proposals.
The ACAI’s vision for building control is:
- A service that delivers safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable buildings for current and future generations.
- A service that works with the construction industry to ensure compliance.
- A service based upon the principles of risk assessment and independent third-party checking.
- A service overseen by a single regulatory and licensing body which also has the power to investigate complaints and, if necessary, to discipline or withdraw licences to operate.
- A service that is delivered by licensed Building Control Bodies (BCBs) who are all trading bodies subject to the same requirements in terms of competence, conduct, training and CPD, insurance, performance monitoring etc.
- A service where standards are rigorously monitored, the results published and new standards developed to ensure highest standards of consumer protection.
- A service with no unregulated sub-sector, where no building control contract can be won (direct or sub-contracted to another BCB) without a licence to operate.
- A service backed up by a completely independent, publicly-funded and fully resourced policing body within the local authority with significant powers to enforce compliance, stop illegal building work and take any necessary action against rogue builders.
Who’s who in the ACAI
The ACAI’s activities are directed by its Executive team, which meets regularly and holds members’ meetings twice yearly at a London venue. Honorary officers are elected by the Association’s membership at the AGM.
The 2011 Executive team is:
Chairman – Nigel Barr
Vice Chairmen – Jennifer Barrett and Tony Threadgold
Secretary – David Allen
Membership – Kevin Savage
Treasurer – Diane Marshall