Building Regulations in Brief

 Building Regulations in Brief

Building Regulations in Brief

In this tenth edition we have further developed our new format and we have worked hard to ensure that the book is as up to date as we can possibly make it, incorporating changes up to and including the end of December 2021.
In this edition we have continued to provide a simplified explanation of the numerous Regulations which relate to buildings because our readers have told us they value this. We are delighted to have Ken Alford’s cover design and are grateful both for the new figures he has provided us with and for his input in terms of what is currently being taught to aspiring architects.

Since the last edition of Building Regulations in Brief significant changes have been made to Approved Documents B1 and B2 (Fire safety) and the planning process has been further streamlined. More changes are expected as a result of the new Planning Bill. Currently the Approved Document P is out of date as it has yet to be updated in accordance with BS 7671. We have however been able to update this section in line with the new standard.

The long awaited results of the consultation on proposed changes to Approved Documents F, L1A, L1B, L2A and L2B have as expected brought about more stringent targets for energy efficiency and they have in addition been simplified and made more user friendly, adopting the same format as other ‘new’ Approved Documents and each being offered in two separate volumes: ‘dwellings’ and ‘buildings other than dwellings’. Of note is that Approved Document L is now in just two volumes rather than the four previous ones.

There are also two new Approved Documents, O and S. As usual as part of our review the sections on planning permission and permitted development have been revised and details of fees have been updated. We have endeavoured to ensure that all changes that have been made to the documents concerning Building Regulations up to December 2021 have been included in this tenth edition. Although the Regulations themselves 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 more complex than the individual requires because they cover every aspect of building and contain many options on how to approach each area. We aim to provide our readers with sufficient information to enable them to comply with the
Regulations in the simplest and most cost- effective manner.

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