Building Regulations

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Building Regulations

Building control and Approved Documents

The Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alternations to virtually every building. These regulations are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984 and apply to England and Wales. They exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings and provide energy conservation as well as ensuring appropriate facilities for disabled people.

The Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extension of buildings and are supported by Approved Documents which set out detailed practical guidance on compliance.

Here is a list of the current Approved Documents that support the technical "Parts" of the Building Regulations’:

  • Part A - Structure
  • Part B - Fire Safety
  • Part C - Site preparation and resistance to contaminates and moisture
  • Part D - Toxic Substances
  • Part E - Resistance to the passage of sound
  • Part F - Ventilation
  • Part G - Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
  • 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 P - Electrical Safety
  • Part Q - Security
  • Part R - Physical infrastructure for high speed electronic communications network
  • Regulation 7 - Materials and workmanship