Ken Blount

Biography

Ken is the General Editor of Knight’s Guide to Building Control Law and Regulations. This is an updated version of two earlier titles; Knight’s Guide to Building Control Law and Practice and Knight’s Guide to Building Regulations with Approved Documents. Between July 1991 and December 2001 he served, in a private capacity, as a member of the government’s statutory Advisory Committee on Building Regulations for England & Wales (BRAC). During that period he chaired several of its working parties reviewing and updating the Building Regulations and associated Approved Documents, particularly those for Part B (Fire Safety), Part F, (Ventilation), Part J (Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems), Part L (Energy Conservation) and for the work leading to the creation of Part P on Electrical Safety. He has had considerable experience in the preparation and presentation of papers explaining Building Regulation and Building Control issues to construction professionals.

In 1993 he concluded a long and distinguished career in local government when retiring from the post of Assistant Director, Land and Planning and Building Surveyor for Sheffield City Council, having previously served both the Wolverhampton and Birmingham City Councils in a number of capacities. Thereafter he joined PSA Projects Ltd, the forerunner to Carillion Specialist Services Ltd, primarily assisting with the development of systems and staff to enable the company to be awarded the status of corporate Approved Inspector under Part II of the Building Act 1984. This was achieved in January 1997 and soon after Ken was appointed the company's first Head of Professional Standards, a post from which he took retirement in April 2001.

Carillion Specialist Services Ltd was a founding member of the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) for which body he was elected Honorary Secretary for the first three years of its life. Ken is a Chartered Building Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers from the predecessor body of which he received the Outstanding Service Award for 2004. He is a former President of the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors having been elected to that office in 1982 and holds, from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a diploma in accountancy and finance.