Each home that is built in the UK needs to comply with the current statutory building codes. Prior to carrying out a build a set of drawings will need to be presented to building control for approval. (It is possible to gain building regulation approval on an inspection only basis but this is only recommended for experienced builders and developers).
The Building Regulations is a set of standards for design and construction which apply to new buildings and many alterations to existing buildings in England. Their role is primarily to ensure the safety and health for people in or around those buildings but also for energy conservation and access to and about buildings. At various stages throughout the build process a building inspector will check to ensure that the building complies with current legislative demands.
It is important to understand building regulations because as the owner of the building it is ultimately you who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work does not comply with the regulations. The requirements with which building work should comply are contained in Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations and are grouped under the fourteen ‘parts’ below:
- Part A – Structure
- Part B – Fire safety
- Part C – Site preparation and resistance to moisture
- Part D – Toxic substances
- Part E – Resistance to the passage of sound
- Part F – Ventilation
- Part G – Hygiene
- 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 N – Glazing – safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning
- Part P – Electrical safety
Benjamin Allen Bespoke Homes can supply full building regulation drawings designed by our design team. Clients should be aware that building regulation drawings need only satisfy the specific details required by building control and are not full construction drawings. However, in most cases our Building regulations drawings go beyond the minimum requirements with a set of drawings that, where appropriate, offer additional aids to the build process. As most of our houses are bespoke there is no standard rate and this service is offered as a separate contract with a price agreed beforehand with the client.