Building Regulations Update

Are you aware of the building regulations update?

Amendments are due to come into force on the 21st December 2018 and has, as expected, provided clarification for the combustibility of external building materials that can be used on buildings over 18 metres in height, by completely banning all combustible materials, becoming a legal requirement.

New regulation 7(2) of the Building Regulations 2010, applies to any building with a story at least 18m above ground level and which contains one or more dwellings, is an institution or a room for residential purposes (excluding any room in a hostel, hotel or a boarding house).  Including residential blocks of flats, student accommodation, care homes, sheltered housing, hospitals and dormitories in boarding schools.

Regulation 7(2) requires all materials which become part of an external wall or specified attachment achieve European Class A2-s1, d0 or Class A1 except for components exempted in Regulation 7(3).

The updates to Approved Document B reinforce this change and clarify the exceptions.

The regulations come into force on 21st December 2018 and there is a two month transition period.

A circular letter setting out the changes has now been published.