After a Building Audit is Completed

Step 1: The Compliance Database

Name of Building or Business

Compliance Score and Level

Address and Map Link

Access Action Plan

Compliance Database

All building audits are displayed on a compliance database. The database may be owned and operated by your relevant building authority, municipality, project or a charity as part of an awards scheme. When a user is logged in, all the building audits completed by that user will be displayed in your compliance database. 

Name of Building or Business

All building audits listings in the database have the title of the building or business name.

Compliance Score

The compliance score for your building is shown as a percentage which is determined by the number of correct answers within the building audit. Not all buildings will have the same access requirements so not all questions have to be answered, for instance a small shop may not provide its own car parking or accessible toilets. The compliance score is only calculated on those elements which are answered to ensure that all buildings are treated equally.

Step 2: The Action Plan

Description of action to be taken

Link to tools and templates

Link to national design guidance

Action Plans

Each user who submits a building audit can view the bespoke action plan that is specific to their building and the result from the building audit. The action plan clearly lists all the elements of the building that failed the compliance and will need to be addressed to improve the compliance score and ultimately make your building more accessible. Each action plan has a link to the relevant national building guideline or code as well as link to specific tools and templates to help users improve access. Action Plans are made up of:

Written description of requirement

A description of what is required to be compliant with code or regulation.

Link to national design guidance

Provides user a link to the relevant design guidance used in that country

Link to tools and templates

A link to specific tools, calculators, templates that can assist the user to improve the building for access.

Step 3: National Design Guidance

Visual Diagram

Written guidance

Glossary of terms

Relevant tools and templates

Visual Diagram

Written guidance

Link to other guidance

National Design Guidance

If there are elements of the building that need to be upgraded to improve your compliance score, you may need to access the design regulations from your own country. Your national universal design guidance can be viewed from the menu. Additionally, each individual section of the design guidance will be available from a link in the bespoke action plan. All relevant guidance has been compiled with diagrams, links to other sections, glossary or terms and links to tools and templates. The original design guidance or building code can also be accessed. Design guidance pages are made up of the following components:

Written Regulation

The written element of the design guidance in the UAE is taken from the National Universal Design Code

Visual Diagram

A graphic representation of the written guidance. For UAE national design guidance, the visual diagram is taken from the ‘Dubai Guide for Built Environment Universal Design’

Glossary of Terms

An explanation of technical terminology in plain language for non-technical people to understand

Tools and Templates

A link to relevant tools or templates that can assist user to improve their building.

Related Guidance

Links to other sections of national or international design guidance to assist user.

Audit Reports

The audit report lists the entire building audit and shows all the building elements that were completed by yourself. This may be required by your authority as part of a building permit application or licence renewal. The report is also emailed as a pdf for this use.

Compliance certificates

If your building achieves the required compliance, you may be eligible to receive an award certificate. Each authority manages certificates in a different manner and they may be mandatory for certain applications or renewals. Certificates can be used for display in your building, your website or as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance.

Step 4: Tools, Templates and Calculators

Link to use tool or template

Tools and Templates

If your building has failed certain elements of the building audit, you may wish to address the problem to improve your access, as part of government compliance or to avoid any legal issues of non-compliance. To make it easier to improve your access and comply with government regulations, ComplyPOD contains a number of tools, calculators and ready-made templates for you to use. See here for full list.

 

Using compliance scores

Your relevant authority may decide how important the compliance score is. For instance, it may be used as part of a building permit application or renewing a trade licence. Your authority will instruct you on how to use the compliance score and in some instances, advise what level of score is required to pass.  

Compliance Award

The standard compliance level is dependent on the country’s own regulation system. For instance, in the UAE, the Universal Design Code prescribes a system of Accessible or Universally Accessible Buildings depending on the percentage score received. Speak to us for more guidance on how to best use compliance levels.

Step 5: Review full audit report

Compliant result in bold

Non compliant answer

Audit Reports

The audit report lists the entire building audit and shows all the building elements that were completed by yourself. This may be required by your authority as part of a building permit application or licence renewal. The report is also emailed as a pdf for this use.

Compliance certificates

If your building achieves the required compliance, you may be eligible to receive an award certificate. Each authority manages certificates in a different manner and they may be mandatory for certain applications or renewals. Certificates can be used for display in your building, your website or as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance.

 

Using compliance scores

Your relevant authority may decide how important the compliance score is. For instance, it may be used as part of a building permit application or renewing a trade licence. Your authority will instruct you on how to use the compliance score and in some instances, advise what level of score is required to pass.  

Compliance Award

The standard compliance level is dependent on the country’s own regulation system. For instance, in the UAE, the Universal Design Code prescribes a system of Accessible or Universally Accessible Buildings depending on the percentage score received. Speak to us for more guidance on how to best use compliance levels.