Building Safety Programme Letters

Letters from the Building Safety Programme, established to make sure that residents of high-rise buildings are safe and feel safe, now and in the future are available to download from the link below.

The most recent addition being:-
Letter 30 – to building control bodies regarding the application of requirement B4 of the Building Regulations 2010 – 1 July 2019.

Building Safety Programme Letters

New Part B Building Regulations

The approved documents provide guidance for satisfying the requirements of the building regulations in common building situations. Part B of the building regulations in England covers fire safety matters within and around buildings. On 5 July 2019, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published a New clarified Approved Document B. The changes this introduces are intended to ensure that the document uses plain English, and it has also been significantly restructured with the design of blocks of flats moved from Volume 2 to Volume 1.

Volume 1: Dwellings
Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings.

The new approved documents come into force on 30 August 2019.

Approved Documents on planning portals
The Approved Documents are useful to show how to meet the building regulations.

Party Wall Act

Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act deals with neighbours and boundary disputes where there is proposed building work.

Health and Safety Executive

Health and Safety Executive.

The HSE controls health and safety on building sites, whilst the Local Authority controls safety where work affects highways.

Chartered Architectural Technologists

Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, are specialists in the building design and construction with particular expertise in the sound technical performance of buildings. Chartered Members are qualified and recognised to lead a project from inception through to completion, which includes contractual, planning and regulations issues and final certification. CIAT Image Download

Water Efficiency Calculator

Details of the water calculation methodology for assessing the ‘whole-house’ water efficiency of new dwellings.

This document sets out the water calculation methodology for assessing the ‘whole-house’ water efficiency of new dwellings. The water calculator tool (Excel spreadsheet) is also available here to download.

The calculation method is to be used to assess compliance against the water performance targets in building regulations 17 K. The code for sustainable homes now uses this calculator as the assessment methodology for WAT1.

The water efficiency calculator for new dwellings: guidance

Ref: ISBN 9781409818274PDF, 241KB, 25 pages