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L1B – Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings (England)

The Building Regulations, part L, is the section which covers energy conservation for houses (with part L1AThe Approved documents, (England) part L1A, deals with Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings. covering new buildings and part L1BThe Approved documents, (England) part L1B, deals with Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings covering existing […]

H – Drainage and waste disposal

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building […]

F – Ventilation

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building […]

D – Toxic substances

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building […]

C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building […]

A – Structure

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building […]

Structural principles

The Building Regulations

The Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building in the first place). See more on the regulations […]

Retrofit

‘Under the Sun’, a Victorian terrace house in Birmingham is an outstanding example of bringing a fairly typical old building up to PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived […]

Flues

Flues are pipes or ducts which carry waste gasses away from a building to the air outside. This can work in two different ways:

the exhaust gasses are hot and rise naturally up the fluepipe to conduct gas, typically ventilation air or boiler exhaust. see Flue by convection (as with a wood burning stove or […]

Demolitions

demolition is not without its risks

Building Control

Demolition of existing buildings is covered on the Planning Portal web site. Also if there is a tenant in the building then check out Initial demolition notices

Basically the local authority Building Control require 6 weeks written notice (except for certain exempt buildings). They may […]

Staircase design

Parana pines, much used in staircase construction

In terms of embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on embodied energy the use of timber in staircases is far better than metal. However the timber should be sustainably sourced and be FSCForest Stewardship Council (who […]

Getting started

see also Builders / Contractors Managing self build Specification Suppliers Tenders & contracts Tools / plant

As soon as you have got planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, […]

Wall construction

see also Brick Cob Concrete blocks Hemp / Lime Insulating concrete forms Rammed Earth Solid timber Steel frame Stonework Straw Bale Ziegel blocks What’s the most eco-friendly wall?

Well there are several angles on that. Some of the most important aspects of walls are their insulation values, their air-tightnessA measure of how leaky […]

Design it yourself

see also A Pattern Language Almere, Netherlands Designing with timber Lighting Stair design Window design

The Ashley Vale development in Bristol shows a wealth of creative input by the residents

Click the image above for 3D panoramic view with drag and zoom

Self build, although demanding, can be very creative and great fun, especially […]

Insulation properties

A cork oak. The bark (cork) is stripped about every 8 years and regrows

The qualities of insulation types

Assuming that the question of designing in enough insulation into your self build project has been dealt with the question is about what kind of insulation materials to use. Here the issues are –

the […]

Architectural technologists

These are the people who know the nuts and bolts of building. They may work for architects or they may be in a separate business, sometimes linked with a building company. If you go to them with a design you have carefully worked out they can usually knock it into shape ready for getting […]

Ventilation

How you ventilate a house depends very much on the level of energy efficiency you are aiming for. At the lower end the Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more […]

Regulations / standards

see also Building Regulations Approved Documents (England) Approved Documents (Wales) Technical Booklets (Northern Ireland) Technical Handbook – Domestic (Scotland) Energy performance certificate Environmental protection Green design standards Health and Safety Planning Permission Detailed Planning Permission Outline Planning Permission Taking On The Planners Permissions and regulations

If you are embarking on a selfbuild project the two […]

Building Regulations

July 2015

What are the regulations for?

See the English government web site on Building Regulations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed below. Slowly an increasing number of details in the regulations are diverging between the countries.

Building Regulations deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc.

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