What are Building Regulations?


Building Regulations are the minimum standards for construction, design, and all the various alterations to almost every building and are set out by the Government.

Building Regulations contain a list of requirements and are referred to as Schedule 1. These are designed to ensure maximum standards of health and safety, welfare, energy efficiency, convenience, sustainability and also, they prevent misuse or in particular, contamination of water supplies.

Regulations are set national standards relating to all genres of building work, from a new development to an extension or alteration. They encompass many aspects of construction, from the foundations to damp proofing. The stability of the building, ventilation, insulation, fire protection, heating and also the most important escape in case of fire. Another very important regulation is that there are adequate facilities for disabled people in certain types of buildings.

Here are the key parts from A - P.

A - Structure

This relates to the overall stability of the building. Areas that are catered for are, the design of the foundations, walls, floors, and importantly roof components.

B - Fire Safety

Includes the requirement for providing early warning of a fire that may be developing. Satisfactory escape routes are essential and the prevention of the fire spreading is key.

C - Site Preparation and Resistance to Contaminants and Moisture

This section includes the recommendations of making sure that the property remains completely free from damp penetration and that the building is free from condensation and any contamination that could be within the ground.

D - Toxic Substances

This area provides guidance on the prevention of toxic substances permeating into the building when the cavity walls are installed.

E - Resistance to Passage of Sound

This relates to keeping sound transference between houses, flats, rooms and between communal areas.

F - Ventilation

Effectively this part covers the adequate levels of ventilation of buildings and prevention of condensation forming.

G - Hygiene

Effectively this is to ensure that all sanitary conveniences and washing facilities are safe. This section also includes requirements associated with unvented hot water storage installations.

H - Drainage and Waste Disposal

This section deals with the disposal of sewerage, waste water, and storm water drainage together with details for solid waste storage.

J - Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems

This section covers safety requirements when installing solid fuel, gas or oil heating appliances.

K - Protection from Falling, Collision, and Impact

This section is influenced with staircase design, headroom, handrails and guarding of landings, balconies, and other raised areas.

L - Conservation of Power and Fuel

This section provides minimum standards of energy efficiency to all area of the building. In this section, it also includes design criteria for space heating and hot water storage.

M – Access to Buildings

This area deals with the design of the building, and its layout to gain access and be able to use the facilities of the building. It also includes requirements to help people with sight, hearing and mobility impairments.

N – Glazing Safety, Opening, and Cleaning

This area is concerned with providing safety glass in crucial locations (glazing you are likely to walk into or fall against).

P - Electrical Safety

This section applies to electrical installation work in dwellings, common parts to dwellings and associated gardens.

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