Building Control

Building Regulations set standards for design and construction which apply to most new buildings and many alterations to existing buildings.

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Building Control

Building Regulations set standards for design and construction which apply to most new buildings and many alterations to existing buildings.

The aim is to ensure that buildings are safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable.

Practical guidance on ways to comply with functional requirements is outlined in a series of 'Approved Documents' published by the Departments of Communities and Local Government.

The Building Regulations are enforced by Local Authorities.

When is Building Control Services required?

All new dwellings require certification under the Building Regulations.

You need to have engaged a Building Control Body prior to starting on site. You must now provide a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) before starting on site to demonstrate compliance with ADL1a.

If you are considering undertaking any development you must consider whether the project will require planning permission and/or Building Regulations approval. These are two separate applications and must be applied for individually.

How do you know you have passed Building Control?

Building Regulations now place greater emphasis on the quality of the fabric of the building, efficient heating systems with better controls, renewable technology, solar gain and controlled ventilation.

All of these areas will be considered by the Building Control Body.

Once you are ready to start work on the project you will need to have various stages of construction inspected by the building control surveyor. This needs to be discussed and agreed between you and the surveyor. A completion certificate will be issued when all stages have been inspected and meet the regulations.

Hints & Tips

• Meeting the new energy and fabric efficiency standards under Part L 2010 can be cost effectively achieved by incorporating design improvements at an early stage. To achieve compliance our partners will work closely with your Architect/designer to achieve this.

• Under the Part L 2010 Building Regulations you must get a design stage Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) undertaken and submitted to Building Control before starting on site.

• Not having an air tightness test undertaken at completion will penalise the SAP assessment leading to higher build costs and a higher energy rating.

• For the Code for Sustainable Homes assesment, it is important to remember that you may have to commission additional surveys and reports before starting on site.