What are the building regulations?
The Building regulations are legal requirements designed to ensure the health and safety of building users. They also take into account energy conservation, and access and use of buildings by people, including disabled people. The regulations themselves are in the form of a 40 page document known as a statutory instrument. This simply states the regulations but doesn't itself elaborate or give guidance on how to comply or meet the regulations.
To give additional guidance, there are a series of approved documents published. These are technical documents which give much more information, diagrams, facts and figures to explain how it is possible to comply.
The following Approved Documents have recently been amended:-
- Part K - Protection from falling, collision and impact (6th April 2013)
- Part M - Access to and Use of Buildings (6th April 2013)
- Part N - Glazing - safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning (Revoked on 6th April 2013 and incorporation within the new Part K)
- Part P - New Approved Document P: Electrical safety - Dwellings (6th April 2013)