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The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building Regulations. They are based on tried and tested methods of building and if you follow them you are assured of complying with the Regs. The equivalents for Scotland are the Technical Handbook, for Wales: the Approved documents (Wales), and for N.I. […]

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 […]

Timber roof structures

Type of structure

Whether living space is required in the roof is the most crucial decision from a structural point of view because it decides whether you can use prefabricated gang nail roof trusses or whether you have to build a traditional roof. The roof trusses are cheaper and much faster (two people can lift […]

Design it yourself

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

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Self build, although demanding, can be […]

Concrete blocks

Concrete blocks, though used widely, have the drawback of being very high in embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on embodied energy due to the cement they contain. They may also produce a wall which is too thick . Achieving PassivhausSee more on the […]