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What's new

New Approved Document for Wales

New Approved Document R takes effect on 1 January 2017 for use in Wales.


Revisions to Approved Documents B (Fire Safety) Volume 1 dwellinghouses and Volume 2 buildings other than dwellinghouses which take effect in January 2016 to reflect the introduction of the requirements for dwellinghouses and flats.


To download these latest editions please use the link below:


B Fire safety - Volume 1 Dwellinghouses
B Fire safety - Volume 2 Buildings other than dwellinghouses
R Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks

B Materials and workmanship

New Technical Booklet for Northern Ireland - B

New Technical Booklet B Materials and Workmanship is due to come into effect on 1st October 2013.


To download the booklet please use the links below:


B Materials and workmanship

NBS Shortcuts

A regular series of illustrated "how-to" articles, NBS Shortcuts look at a wide range of practice, regulatory and design guidance subjects, with easy to follow text and hand-drawn graphic details. Thease guides will help you get to grips with the Building Regulations. read more...


Guides England & Wales

Easy-to-use guides to understanding and complying with the provisions outlined in the Approved Documents, plus DCLG's secondary documents as referenced by Part L. read more...