What are the building regulations?
The building regulations help ensure that new buildings, conversions, renovations and extensions (domestic or commercial) are going to be safe, healthy and high-performing.
Detailed regulations cover specific topics including: structural integrity, fire protection, accessibility, energy performance, acoustic performance, protection against falls, electrical and gas safety.
They also lay standards for drains, ventilation, protection against the ingress of water and protection against contamination including methane and radon gas.
The building regulations are defined by the English and Welsh Governments.
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) advise the Secretary of State in England on making building regulations and setting standards for the design and construction of buildings. In the video below LABC's Deputy Chief Executive Lorna Stimpson describes her role as a member of BRAC.
For access to technical resources and expertise to help with your building projects and compliance with the building regulations visit our Guidance pages.
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