Building regulations

The UK building reguations*

Building regulations are statutory instruments that seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out. Building regulations approval is required for most building work in the UK. Building regulations that apply across England and Wales are set out in the Building Act 1984 while those that apply across Scotland are set out in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 makes provision for microgeneration to be brought within the Building Regulations, and increases to two years the time limit for prosecuting contraventions of the regulations relating to energy use, energy conservation or carbon emissions. It also requires the Secretary of State to report on compliance with these aspects of the Building Regulations and steps proposed to increase compliance.

From 6 April 2006, the Building Regulations are extended by amendments to incorporate some of the clauses of the European Directive requiring energy in existing and new buildings to be measured, etc. The core term building work was once again amended and extended in scope to include renovation of thermal elements, and energy used by space cooling systems as well as energy used by space heating systems. Both are now subject to efficiency limits, and energy use controls are required. New additional competent persons schemes were proposed and authorised, in respect of energy systems and energy efficient design. New Approved Documents for Part F were issued along with specified ‘second tier’ guidance documents.

Part F.  Ventilation

Standards for ventilation and air quality requirements for all buildings are included in this part of the building regulations. See all documents (FAQ, norms, etc.)

* Source : Wikipédia & The UK building regulations