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  • Guides

    These guides have been specifically written and designed as easy-to-use reference handbooks to understanding, and complying with, the provisions outlined in the new Approved Documents.

    Written and presented in an uncluttered, user-friendly style, the layout of the guides allows for essential facts to be assimilated quickly through a series of rules of thumb, illustrations, flowcharts, and watchpoints. Plus, each guide has an extensive list of appendices for further information/guidance.

    Designed to allow the busy construction professional to grasp complex provisions efficiently and effectively, these fully referenced guides will be a welcome companion for architects, construction professionals and building control officers alike.


    Guide to the Building Regulations 2015 Edition

    Guide to the Building Regulations 2015 Edition

    Guide to the Building Regulations 2015 Edition This practical time-saver manual summarises what the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations (England and Wales) and associated guidance require and explains how to comply.

    All new buildings, extensions and refurbishment work must comply with Building Regulations in order to protect the health and safety of building occupants. In recent years the regulations have become increasingly complex, making the process of demonstrating compliance more arduous.

    This well-established guide provides the construction industry with concise, clear guidance on the essentials of the Building Regulations, setting out the key compliance requirements to help designers and other construction professionals produce safe, attractive buildings.

    Fully updated and written to save time for hard-pressed users, the 3rd edition of Guide to the Building Regulations is the essential companion for architects, construction professionals and building control officers alike.

     

    html: 3rd Edition, November 2015

    pdf: 3rd Edition, November 2015

     

    Guide to Part B of the Building Regulations

    Guide to Part B

    Guide to Part B will help architects and other construction professionals to achieve compliance with the new Approved Document B. Now published in two volumes, to cover domestic buildings (Volume 1) and non-domestic ones (Volume 2). They contain important alterations to the safeguarding of escape routes and significantly reduce the need to provide self closing doors within dwellings. Guidance is introduced on the provision of refuges and generally offers a broader range of solutions with greater emphasis on the role of sprinkler protection systems. Volume 2 clarifies the legal responsibility for the design team to identify and provide detailed information to the management, of non-domestic buildings, on the maintenance and operation of fire safety equipment and systems, taking into account the implications of the important Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that came into force in October 2006.

     

    html: 1st Edition, July 2007

    pdf: 1st Edition, July 2007


    Guide to Part F

    Guide to Part F

    Guide to Part F provides professional advice and guidance about how to comply with the new provisions which include dealing with lower air permeability in buildings as a consequence of the new Part L and which have adopted a largely performance-based approach to ventilation.





     

    pdf: 2nd Edition, September 2010

    html: 1st Edition, July 2006

    pdf: 1st Edition, July 2006


    Guide to Part G

    Guide to Part G

    Guide to Part G gives professional advice on how to comply with the new requirements for water efficiency, hot water supply, and sanitary conveniences. This guide is referenced fully allowing you to grasp the provisions of Part G efficiently and effectively.






     

    html:1st Edition, June 2010

    pdf:1st Edition, June 2010


    Guide to Part J

    Guide to Part J

    Guide to Part J provides examples of the typical installations a designer is likely to encounter, as well as explaining the concepts that can be applied in more esoteric situations. The authors, collectively, have many years of experience in the industry and the guide will provide essential hints and tips, over and beyond what can be found in the Approved Document.




     

    html:1st Edition, September 2010

    pdf: 1st Edition, September 2010


    Guide to Part L

    Guide to Part L

    Guide to Part L provides professional advice and guidance about how to comply with the demanding new energy conservation requirements of the Building Regulations. It explains how to calculate TER, DER/BER, SAP, SBEM, U-values, and luminaire-lumens/ circuit-Watt.






     

    pdf: 2nd Edition, September 2010

    html: 2nd Edition, September 2010

    html: 1st Edition, July 2006

    pdf: 1st Edition, July 2006

  • Associated Documents

    The new edition of Part L makes reference to a number of secondary documents which are issued by DCLG and published by NBS. These are:


    Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide (for Part L 2013 edition)

    Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

    This guide is referred to in the 2013 edition of Approved Document L1A and the 2010 edition of Approved Document L1B (as amended in 2013) for dwellings as a source of guidance on complying with Building Regulations requirements for space heating and hot water systems, mechanical ventilation, comfort cooling, fixed internal and external lighting and renewable energy systems.

     

     

     

     

     

    pdf: 1st Edition, March 2014 England only

    html: 1st Edition, June 2010

    pdf: 1st Edition, June 2010 (archived)


    Guide to Part F

    Domestic Heating Compliance Guide

    This booklet provides guidance on the means of complying with the requirements of Part L for conventional space heating systems and hot water systems in dwellings. It comprises four self-contained fuel-based sections, each of which addresses all the requirements applicable to primary and secondary space heating and hot water technologies for gas-fired, oil-fired, electric and solid-fuel systems, and five specialist technology-specific sections which provide further guidance on the minimum provisions for specialised space heating and hot water technologies (community heating; underfloor heating; heat pumps; solar water heating; and micro-CHP units).

     

    html: 2nd Edition, December 2008

    pdf: 2nd Edition, December 2008

    pdf: The December 2007 Corrigenda, 1st Edition, May 2006

    pdf: 1st Edition, May 2006

    Guide to Part B of the Building Regulations

    Low or Zero Carbon Energy Sources: Strategic Guide

    This strategic guide provides sufficient information to decide if a particular LZC energy source is appropriate for the building under consideration and to estimate the potential for carbon dioxide emissions reduction. The guide comprises an introduction to LZC energy sources; a set of calculation methods to enable the carbon dioxide emissions reduction potential of individual LZC energy sources to be calculated in domestic and non-domestic building applications; and outlines guidance on key issues for certain LZC energy sources where this is lacking in current literature.

     

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    Guide to Part L

    Non Domestic Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Compliance Guide

    This booklet provides guidance on the means of complying with the requirements of Part L for conventional space heating systems, hot water systems, cooling and ventilation systems in non-domestic buildings. Its sets out the minimum provisions for efficiency of the plant that generates heat, hot water or cooling; controls to ensure that the system is not generating heat, hot water or cooling unnecessarily or excessively; other factors affecting the safety or energy efficiency of the system; insulation of pipes and ducts serving space heating, hot water and cooling systems; and acceptable specific fan power ratings for fans serving air distribution systems.

     

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    Non-Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

    Non Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

    This guide is referred to in the 2013 edition of Approved Document L2A and the 2010 edition of Approved Document L2B (as amended in 2013) for non-domestic buildings as a source of guidance on complying with Building Regulations requirements for space heating and hot water systems, mechanical ventilation, comfort cooling, fixed internal lighting and renewable energy systems.

     

    pdf: 1st Edition, March 2014 England only,

 

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