Gleeson Homes has brought in Zutec to digitise its quality control processes, which includes multiple forms and checklists for quality assurance inspections, as well as Part L photographic evidence requirements.
Gleeson implemented the Part L photographic evidence solution from Zutec across 82 sites earlier this year. This marked Gleeson’s first step in digitising its Quality Control Plot Book, providing the ability for teams to update and submit as-built Buildings Regulations England Part L (BREL) reports to assessors for approval, and faster plot completion.
Since June 2023, all housebuilders in the UK with new developments must provide mandatory photographic evidence to the SAP assessor to prove that work and materials used in new homes comply with updated energy efficiency requirements that reduce carbon emissions – outlined in Part L, or Approved Document L, Appendix B.
Zutec’s Part L photographic evidence solution allows users to capture, store, share and manage geo-located photographic evidence and supporting documents required for the as-built BREL report.
Gleeson has now configured, digitised, and sequenced multiple forms and checklists, including its build stage and customer care forms as part of its Quality Control Plot Book. Bringing everything together in one place ensures all onsite and offsite teams are working to the same process and have a structure to inspections by following consistent practice and workflows.
QA on site
Using the Zutec field app, Gleeson users will now be able to complete checklists, take photos during site inspections and add comments, so that issues found can be easily identified and resolved quickly. Onsite teams can also add status codes to inspections to track inspection progress, which can be marked up as draft, for review, complete, or rejected.
Additionally, an action register means items can also be assigned to users through notifications for faster resolution. And with full audibility, there is a trail of information that can show whether an action has been completed or not. With interactive reporting and dashboards, specific reports can be set up and exported for review and analysis, enabling continual improvement of working practices.
Matt Ball, solutions architect at Gleeson, said: “We want to raise the bar in quality housebuilding, and believe innovation is key. We partnered with Zutec for their Part L innovation to help us meet regulatory requirements, but quickly realised that we could work together to digitise our quality control process and plot book to give us more control and consistency on what was happening site-by-site and project-to-project. Via a dashboard, we can analyse information to help us make more informed decisions and implement best practice.”
Zutec supplied training to Gleeson so the tools could be easily self-administered.
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