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Building Regulations

Piling rigs on large industrial siteThe Building Regulations deal with the structural stability and design of buildings from the point of view of the health and safety of people who will live and work within or around the buildings.

The Building Regulations lay down minimum standards of construction covering the following matters:

  • Structure
  • Fire safety
  • Site preparation and resistance to moisture
  • Toxic substances
  • Resistance to passage of sound
  • Ventilation
  • Hygiene
  • Drainage and waste disposal
  • Heat producing appliances
  • Protection from falling, collision and impact
  • Conservation of fuel and power
  • Access to and use of buildings
  • Glazing - safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning
  • Electrical installations in dwellings
  • Materials and workmanship


Repairing a listed buildingPractical guidance on ways to comply with the functional requirements of the Building Regulations is contained in a series of approved documents which are to be read alongside each of the fourteen 'parts' to the Building Regulations.


Each document contains:

  1. General guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with each of the requirements of the Building Regulations; and
  2. Practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.