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1 The Building Act 1984
2 The Building Regulations 2000
3 The requirements of the Building Regulations
4 Planning permission
5 Requirements for planning permission and Building Regulations approval
6 Meeting the requirements of the Building Regulations
Appendix A Access and facilities for disabled people
Appendix B Conservation of fuel and power
Appendix C Sound insulation
Useful contact names and addresses
Foreword: Subject to specified exemptions, all building work in England and Wales (a separate system of building control applies to Scotland and Northern Ireland) is governed by Building Regulations. This is a statutory instrument, which sets out the minimum requirements and performance standards for the design and construction of buildings, and extensions to buildings.
The current regulations are the Building Regulations 2000. These take into consideration some major changes in technical requirement (such as conservation of fuel and power) and some procedural changes allowing local authorities to regularize unauthorized development.
Although the 2000 regulations are comparatively short, they rely on their technical detail being available in a series of Approved Documents and a vast number of British, European and international standards, codes of practice, drafts for development, published documents and other non-statuary guidance documents.
The main problem, from the point of view of the average builder and DIY enthusiast, is that the Building Regulations are too professional for their purposes. They cover every aspect of building, are far too detailed and contain too many options. All the builder or DIY person really requires is sufficient information to enable them to comply with the regulations in the simplest and most cost-effective manner possible.
Building inspectors, acting on behalf of local authorities, are primarily concerned with whether a building complies with the requirements of the Building Regulations and to do this, they need to ‘see the calculations’. But how do the DIY enthusiast and/or builder obtain these calculations? Where can they find, for instance, the policy and requirements for load bearing elements of a structure?! Builders, through experience, are normally aware of the overall requirements for foundations, drains, walls, central heating, air conditioning, safety, security, glazing, electricity, plumbing, roofing, floors, etc., but they still need a reminder when they come across a different situation for the first time (e.g. what if they are going to construct a building on soft soil, how deep should the foundations have to be?).
On the other hand, the DIY enthusiast, keen on building his own extension, conservatory, garage or workshop etc. usually has no past experience and needs the relevant information – but in a form that he can easily understand without having had the advantage of many years experience. In fact, what he really needs is a rule of thumb guide to the basic requirements.
From a recent survey it has transpired that the majority of builders and virtually all DIY enthusiasts are self taught and most of their knowledge is gained through experience. When they hit a problem, it is usually discussed over a pint in the local pub with friends in the building trade as opposed to seeking professional help. What they really need is a reference book to enable them to understand (or remind themselves of) the official requirements.
The aim of my book, therefore, is to provide the reader with an in-brief guide that can act as an aide-mémoire to the current requirements of the Building Regulations. Intended readers are primarily builders and the DIY fraternity (who need to know the regulations but do not require the detail), but the book, with its ready reference and no-nonsense approach, will be equally useful to architects, designers, building surveyors and inspectors, etc.
This edition of the book, as well as including the requirements from the new versions of Part E (Resistance to the passage of sound) and Part M (Access and use of buildings), also includes outline details of the new (i.e. proposed) Part P (Electrical safety) and Part Q (Electronic communications services) – whose drafts are currently out for consultation and comments. Possible changes that are likely to be made in the near future to Parts A and C have also been noted in the relevant text.
Preface: The Great Fire of London in 1666 was probably the single most significant event to shape today’s legislation! The rapid growth of fire through co-joined timber buildings highlighted the need to consider the possible spread of fire between properties and this consideration resulted in the publication of the first building construction legislation in 1667 requiring all buildings to have some form of fire resistance.
Two hundred years later, the Industrial Revolution had meant poor living and working conditions in ever expanding, densely populated urban areas. Outbreaks of cholera and other serious diseases, through poor sanitation, damp conditions and lack of ventilation, forced the government to take action and building control took on the greater role of health and safety through the first Public Health Act of 1875. This Act had two major revisions in 1936 and 1961, leading to the first set of national building standards (i.e. the Building Regulations 1965). Over the years these regulations have been amended and updated and the current document is the Building Regulations 2000.
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