What are the Building Regulations?

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What are the Building Regulations?

Postby admin » Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:20 pm

The Building Regulations establish accepted standards for the design and construction of buildings for:

    the health and safety of people in and around buildings
      energy conservation
        access to buildings.

        Who must comply with the Building Regulations?

        The responsibility for compliance usually falls on the builder. However, this should be agreed by the parties to the construction project at the start of negotiations.

        Moreover, the building owner is ultimately the person who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work is not compliant with the Regulations.

        What type of building work must comply with the Building Regulations?

        A number of building projects constitute ‘building work’ and, as such, must comply with the Building Regulations.

        Regulation 3 of the Building Regulations defines ‘building work’ as:

          the erection (or extension) of a building
            the installation (or extension) of a service or fitting controlled by the Regulations
              an ‘alteration project’ consisting of work that temporarily or permanently affects the continued compliance of the building, service or
                fitting with requirements relating to structure, fire or access to (and use of) the buildings
                  the placement of insulation into a cavity wall
                    the underpinning of the building foundations.

                    All works should not render fabric, services and fittings less compliant (or more dangerous) than they were previously.

                    What do the Building Regulations cover?

                    Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations exhaustively list the requirements with which building work should comply:

                      Part A – Structure
                        Part B – Fire safety
                          Part C – Site preparation and moisture resistance
                            Part D – Toxic substances
                              Part E – Resistance to sound passage
                                Part F – Ventilation
                                  Part G – Hygiene
                                    Part H – Drainage and waste disposal
                                      Part J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems
                                        Part K – Protection from falling, collision and impact
                                          Part L – Conservation of fuel and power
                                            Part M – Access to and use of buildings
                                              Part N – Glazing – safety in connection with impact, opening and cleaning
                                                Part P – Electrical safety.

                                                The requirements in Schedule 1 are often referred to as ‘functional requirements’ and make reference to what is ‘reasonable’, ‘adequate’ or ‘appropriate’.


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