You may have heard the term ‘Building Regulations’ on TV property shows, but what does it actually mean and how do these affect you if you are thinking about taking on a building project? Read on and let your friendly Bolton builders at Wisecraft explain all (well nearly all – to explain all would be a somewhat lengthy tomb!).
In essence Building Regulations refer to the minimum standards for the design, construction and alteration to any building. These are standards that are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament and so must be adhered to. Ensuring that any building project complies with Building Regulations is the responsibility of the Buildings Inspector, who will have to inspect and sign off builds at certain stages of their construction.
Building Regulations are regularly updated and create standards that ensure safe and adequate foundations, damp-proofing, overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire are provided in all buildings. They consist of 14 sections that cover:
- Fire Safety
- Site Preparation and Resistance to Contaminants and Moisture
- Toxic Substances
- Resistance to the Passage of Sound
- Drainage and Waste Disposal
- Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems
- Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact
- Conservation of Fuel and Power
- Access to and Use of Buildings
- Glazing Safety in relation to Impact, Opening and Cleaning
- Electrical Safety
What happens if you do not comply to Building Regulations? If it is found that your building does not meet the Building Regulations then you will have to make necessary alterations (which in some cases can mean virtually starting from scratch) until it is deemed up to standard by the Buildings Inspector. If this is not done then the building will not be seen as fit for habitation (or whatever other use it has) and you will not be able to get insurance.
So, it pays to make sure that any building project complies with Building Regulations – talk to the experts builders at Wisecraft Ltd today to find out more.