Residential Building Control In London
London Building Control are one of the leading providers for residential building control certification in the domestic field. We have many years experience checking and certifying thousands of lofts and extensions in and around London; we are approved to do so by the CICAIR on behalf of the Secretary of State..
This section concerns residential building control for domestic buildings: Extensions, Loft conversions and Houses.
Flats and Other Residential (nursing homes etc) are considered under Commercial Building Control.
Projects include both standard designs with protected routes (enclosed stairs) as well as those needing particular attention such as open plan lounges (with fire safety reports, detection and sprinklers).
Many Approved Inspectors only work in the commercial field, but London Building Control Ltd can be used as your building control body for all domestic building work; we are approved to do so by the CICAIR on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The Approved Inspector Building Control Process is set out under The Building Control Process.
Most homes only need a simple smoke detection system with detectors in landings and halls. Fire doors are often needed around stairwells.
Open plan lounges are an area of particular concern, as a fire there could cut off escape from the inner rooms. Extra detection and sometimes sprinklers will be necessary in these cases.
New houses require SAP 2009 calculations. Extensions with large amounts of glazing may also require a SAP calculation to ensure compliance.
Energy Performance Certificates are required for new houses at end of works and air tightness tests will be needed as part of ensuring energy efficiency for these projects.
Planning may often ask for additional items under the requirements for Sustainable Homes.
LBC can help advise you on any of these matters or refer you to one of our partner consultants.
Access for the disabled
Access and facilities for the disabled need to be considered; a level entrance is usually required for new houses, together with a toilet on the entrance storey (door opening outwards).
Acoustic testing is needed for all new houses.
Often structural calculations are needed in support of the design – for steel beams in lofts or over openings, or for unusual foundations etc.
Help from Consultants
LBC can refer you to consultants for the required assessments (structural engineers, energy and acoustic assessors, access audits or fire safety assessments). This independent advice would then form a comprehensive package for your project.