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C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

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 […]

Ground works

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 cover aspects of […]

Basements

It is very common in northern Europe, especially Scandinavia, to see the semi-basement flat configuration where the window sills are at ground level and this effectively creates an extra story without making the building much taller. Alternately these areas may be used for utility rooms, storage or, if the contours permit, garaging.

It is quite […]