Building regulations, what you need to know.

Understanding the strict legal Building and Development compliance laws that are currently enacted within the UK can be complex and difficult at the best of times. There are a multitude of specific regulations that form the complete act and businesses must adhere to each individual guideline, failure to do so could result in a substantial fine and further legal action. These performance requirements are split into 14 parts and deal with the building's design and construction from Part A (focusing on structural matters) through to Part P (electrical safety).

Over the next few weeks we will endeavour to discuss the ins and outs of the current legislation to help you better understand exactly what is required of you as a business owner, especially as amendments to the current legislation take form. For now, we will focus on a broader introduction to what these regulations mean and what you need to be aware of.

Building regulations in England and wales are set by Communities and Local government. These standards incorporate the design and construction of buildings to ensure the continued safety and health of the people who use those buildings. The standards also include requirements to ensure energy efficiency i.e the conservation of fuel and power consumption and accessibility which denotes having the correct facilitates for all people including those with disabilities to gain access and move freely around and inside the buildings. Building regulations do not tell you how to build, instead they outline board functional requirements. There is rarely, if ever just one way to meet a regulation which means business owners of older buildings have a number of options open to them when faced with an inspection by approved officials.