Building Regulations control the standards for the design, construction and alterations to every building in the UK. Approved by Parliament, the association was developed by Government to ensure all buildings meet certain safety and security standards.
The Building Regulations also set the standards for energy efficiency, sustainability of buildings as well as the misuse and contamination of water supplies.
These regulations must be met on any new development or extension to your home. They cover all aspects of construction from foundations to insulation and ensure that quality facilities for those with disabilities are provided in every commercial building.
Before you go ahead with any home improvement, you must ensure all work is in accordance to their standards. The Building Regulations are regularly updated so make sure you keep yourself well informed.
Windows & Doors
Building Regulations state that certain standards must be met when a window or door is replaced. An external window or door under the current set of Building Regulations is considered a “controlled fitting.”
It has been a legal requirement since April 2012 for all uPVC window installations in the UK to be fully compliant with current Building Regulations. If an installation does not comply then the homeowner as well as the installer could be liable for prosecution.
Trusted Double Glazing Installers
As a result, every installation receives a certificate from the relevant industry body whilst being registered with the local authority. Rest assured all work carried out by our members is fully compliant with current building regulations.
Your Trusted Local Supplier will register the work with a regulatory body on your behalf so you will not need to worry about any of the red tape or paperwork.
They should provide you with your certificate on completion of the work. This is an important document as it verifies that your installation adheres to building regulations and that the work meets necessary standards of practice.
Building Regulations and Energy Efficiency
The Government has also altered Building Regulations regarding the energy efficiency of houses in England and Wales. The details of these changes can be found in Part L of the Building Regulations.
The aim of these changes is to make housing throughout England and Wales more energy efficient and therefore reduce the negative impact they have on the planet.
In essence all double glazing must be:
• Governed by current Building Regulations which require Local Authority Building Control approval prior to installation.
• In accordance with higher energy efficiency standards.
If you choose an installer who is registered with a competent person scheme such as FENSA, Certass or BSI then they will take care of Building Regulations on your behalf.
An installer such as this will be able to provide evidence that all their work adheres to current Building Regulations, without the need to involve local authority building control.
Once your installation is complete, you will be provided with a certificate which acknowledges the quality of work.
A conservatory is considered a permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission. However, if you answer is yes to the following then planning permission may be required.
- Will your conservatory be seen from a road or public right of way?
- Have you had any previous extensions?
- Is your property a listed building?
- Are you located within a Conservation Area or an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ONB)?
Click here to read more on conservatory requirements.
Building Regulations Criteria
The Building Regulations are divided into sections, with each part detailing a certain criteria. Below we have compiled a guide to each section.
This part of the regulations covers the structural ability of buildings. This part covers design, foundations and roof components, as well as walls and floors. Click here to read about section A.
B: Fire Safety
Section B covers a buildings fire safety capacity. This includes safe escape routes and the prevention of fire spreading within the building as well as to other buildings in the vicinity. A building must provide secure access and have fire fighting facilities. Click here to read more on Fire Safety.
C: Resistance to Contaminants and Moisture
This section covers requirements for site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture. It is important that a property remains free from damp and condensation. It must be watertight and not at risk to contamination. Click here to view section C.
D: Toxic Substances
This part covers the technical guidance in relation to toxic substances. There must be no toxic substance permeating into the building when carrying out insulation to cavity walls. Click here for further information.
E: Resistance to Sound
This part of the Building Regulations outlines the requirement for rooms and communal areas. The property must provide effective noise insulation. Click here to read more on approved document E.
Approved document F covers the requirements in respect to building ventilation. There must be an adequate level of ventilation in order to prevent condensation. Click here to read more on section F.
G: Sanitation, Hot Water Safety and Water Efficiency
This part of the regulations sets the standard of sanitary conveniences and washing facilities.
H: Drainage & Waste Disposal
Section H deals with the disposal of waste such as sewerage as well as solid waste from household refuse. Click here to read more.
J: Heat Producing Appliances
This part covers the requirements for solid fuel, gas and oil heating appliances. Section J details the specifications for combustion appliances and fuel storage systems. Click here to read more on section J.
K: Protection From Falling
This section of the Building Regulations covers the design of staircases, landings, balconies and other raised areas. Click here to read more on section K: Protection from Falling & Collision.
L: Conversion of Fuel and Power
Part L of the Building Regulations covers standards of energy efficiency and the design criteria for heating and water storage. Click here to read more on section L.
M: Access to and Use of Buildings
This section covers buildings facilities in regard to access. This includes the requirements for people with sight, hearing and mobility impairments. Click here to read more on section M.
N: Glazing Safety
Section N of the Building Regulations is concerned with glass in relation to impact, opening and cleaning. Click here for more information.
P: Electrical Safety
Section P applies to all electrical installation work in dwellings and gardens. This includes the certification of installation. Click here to find out more on Section P.