Practical Issues


Practitioners need to demonstrate a sound grasp of building technology, and the ability to assess the construction and condition of a property and the effect it has on the health and wellbeing of its occupants. They must be able to carry out inspections that identify defects and deficiencies and develop a specification of improvements. Practitioners are required to understand the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, and undertake risk assessments and enforcement actions. They also need to be able to apply the adaptations process, liaise effectively with the relevant agencies and interested parties, and demonstrate initiative in the resolution or problems relating to empty properties and land.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and fire safety in housing are covered in the module Regulatory Issues.

Core Learning Resources

guidance iconBuilding Regulations

Planning Portal, 2010

Relevant documents include Part B: Fire safety, Part E: Sound, Part F: Ventilation, Part L: Fuel and Energy Conservation, Part H: Drainage, Part P: Electrical Safety

resource iconBuilding Research Establishment (BRE)

Advice, reports, information on building technology

guide iconA Decent Home: Definition and Guidance for Implementation

Communities and Local Government (CLG), 2006

tool iconGood Housing Leads to Good Health

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), BRE, 2008

  CIEH Guidance on Enforcement of Excess Cold Hazards in England

CIEH, 2011

guide iconDelivering Housing Adaptations for Disabled People: A Good Practice Guide

CLG, 2006

guide iconGuidance Note on Empty Dwelling Management Orders Guidance

CLG, 2006

guidance iconTown and Country Planning Act Section 215: Best Practice Guidance

CLG, 2005

Concerns land to be cleaned up when its condition adversely affects the amenity of the area

e-learning iconWelsh Homes Programme for Government

Welsh Government

guide iconEmpty Homes Good Practice Guidance - Wales

Welsh Government, 2010

Training Courses

training iconCIH Training

Chartered Institute of Housing

Professional qualifications, courses, in-house and specialist workshops

training iconBRE Training


Vocational qualifications, courses

Further Reading

  Effective Strategies and Interventions:

Environmental health and the public housing sector

CIEH, 2013

Showcases examples of innovative environmental health practice to demonstrate the importance of housing as a determinant of health

  Final Report: Commission on Housing Renewal and Public Health

CIEH, 2007

  Localism: Delivering Integration Across Housing, Health and Care

CIH, 2011

  Integrated Care: Our Shared Commitment

Department of Health, 2013

Framework document on integration, setting out how local areas can use existing structure to bring together housing services and other bodies to make further steps

resource iconBritish Standards Shop

British Standards Institute (BSI)

Standards for building construction are not available free of charge and need to be purchased individually

guide iconDesign of Buildings and their Approaches to Meet the Needs of Disabled People:

Code of Practice

BSI, 2007

guide iconGuide to the Building Regulations

H Evans: RIBA Publications, 2010

ISBN: 9781859463543

Price £24.99

Other Information

resource iconRegulatory Information and Management Systems

RH Environmental Ltd

Procedures, documents and publications on environmental health subjects, available on subscription


Information and advice for residential landlords

resource iconEnergy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings

A network of over 600 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors

  Helping Households to Cut Their Energy Bills

Department of Energy and Climate Change

Government policy and publications

resource iconNational Energy Action

Develops and promotes energy efficiency services to tackle the heating and insulation problems of low-income households

resource iconEmpty Homes Agency

An independent charity that helps people create homes from empty property and campaigns for more empty homes to be brought into use.