Constantly evolving on a yearly basis, Building Regulations will continue to improve with the aim of providing higher build standards and greater, more energy efficient homes.
Our longstanding working relationship with Graham Scott design associates ltd M.I.A.S.,M.B. Eng keeps us up to date with the mine field of building regulations.
What are the building regulations?
The building regulations set standards for the design and construction of building’s, primarily to ensure the safety and health for people in or around those building’s, but also for energy conservation and access to and about those buildings.
Fundamental reasons that apply to building regulations and loft conversions;
- The structural strength of the new floor is sufficient.
- The stability of the structure (inc existing roof) is not endangered.
- Safe escape roof from a fire.
- Reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the room below.
The main function of building control is to ensure compliance with the building regulation’s. The function is carried out by a building control body (BCB) either the local authority building control service or a private sector approved inspector(AI)
Working alongside an approved inspector(Building control UK ltd) we can ensure no time delays ensuring a more efficient working relationship.
What are approved inspectors?
Approved inspectors are qualified and experienced private sector building control professionals and consultancies who can help developer’s, designers and contractors achieve building regulations approval on almost any construction project.
Approved inspectors provide a cost-effective and client friendly alternative to local authority building control.
There are currently about 60 Approved inspectors in England and Wales, accounting for about 20% of all building control work; half of the country's top 10 building control bodies are approved inspectors.
Approved inspectors are professional and specialist advisor’s. They guide clients through the maze of building regulations.
Once appointed, it is an approved inspector's responsibility to take reasonable steps to satisfy themselves that the building work complies with building regulations throughout the process. When you use an approved inspector, they will take responsibility for plan checking and inspection of building work.
The procedure requires you and the approved inspector jointly to notify your local authority of your intended building work on what is called an initial notice'. Once this notice has been accepted by your authority the responsibility will be formally placed with the approved inspector.
An approved inspector will; advise you on how the building regulations apply to your work; check your plan’s; issue a plans certificate (if requested);inspect the work as it progresses and issue a final certificate.
The approval process for certifying Approved Inspectors is rigorous, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.