The Building Regulations apply in England & Wales and exist principally to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings. They also provide for access to and around buildings and energy conservation. The regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings, whether domestic, commercial or industrial.
Building Regulations promote:
Standards for most aspects of a building's construction, including its structure, fire safety, sound insulation, drainage, ventilation and electrical safety. Electrical safety was added in January 2005 to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations.
Energy efficiency in buildings. The changes to the regulations on energy conservation, into effect on 6 April 2006, will save a million tonnes of carbon per year by 2010 and help to combat climate change.
The needs of all people, including those with disabilities, in accessing and moving around buildings. They set standards for buildings to be accessible and hazard-free wherever possible.
Although there may be other versions of the Approved Documents around, it is important to remember that these are the Official Building Regulations from the Government Department of Communities and Local Government. Any other versions may not be accurate or up to date.
Official Approved Documents