Building Regulations

In addition to obtaining planning permission for your project we can also ensure that your building works meet all necessary building regulations to satisfy your local building control officer.Environmentally Friendly Architectural Design

Building regulations apply in England & Wales.  They set out standards for most aspects of a building’s construction including energy efficiency in buildings, and how to ensure all people, including those with disabilities can access the building and move freely within it.

All building works need to adhere to the Building Regulations of 2010 and also the amendment to Building Regulations which came into effect on the 15th July 2011.

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In short, building regulations cover the following:

  • Structural safety of the building and the new building works including construction of stairs and roof building regulations
  • Fire Safety, use of fire retardant materials and providing sufficient fire escape routes within the building
  • Ensuring resistance to contaminants and moisture during the building works and after completion
  • Toxic Substances that cannot be used in the build,  and what to do if toxic substances such as asbestos are discovered during the building works.
  • Sound proofing and how to provide adequate sound protection during and after the build.
  • Ventilation
  • Protection from falling (for builders and inhabitants and to protect people from things falling on them)
  • Conservation of fuel and power
  • Access to and use of buildings for all people.
  • Glazing safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Workmanship and materials, which includes a list of material that can and cannot be used in construction
  • Technical guidance for builders and architects

Building regulations also cover the creation of sustainable homes and use of greener technologies in house and building construction as well as what can and can’t be done if you share a party wall.

If you are looking to construct a new building or to renovate or remodel an existing building you will also need to be aware that when it comes to building regulations stairs have their own entire section of building regulations.  This section outlines the maximum and minimum tread depth, riser height, pitch, handrails and gaps in the balustrade.   At RE:DESIGN, we will ensure that all  stairs designs drawn up for you by our architectural designers  will meet all the building regulations stairs need to meet.

In fact, it is a key part of our architectural services to ensure that whatever specialist reports or structural calculations are needed to meet building regulations and obtain building permission from your local building control officer, we will provide them.

You can see the full list of building regulations here:

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/

Structural Calculations

For some kinds of building works, the building control officer will also ask to see a list of structural calculations.  These calculations prove that the building work is structurally sound, is able to support itself and any normal usages that it might be subjected to.

For example, when it comes  to roof building regulations, the building control officer will want to see structural calculations to show that the roof can withstand all loads put upon it.  Loads is broadly split up into two types:

  • Dead load  – the weight of the roof
  • Imposed load  – any extra weight imposed onto the roof  such as snow loads or wind loads.

Similarly, if you are building a basement extension or cellar, the structural calculations will have to show that any supports you have put in can support the load of the house above and any expected additional loads that might be put upon it.

At RE:DESIGN our engineers and architects will produce all structural calculations for you on your behalf.

If you have already an idea of your project and just need a price guideline, Call us on
020 8166 1531 or contact our team.