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2015 Building Regulation Update Resources

Welcome to the Guidance Spotlight page.

Here we take an in-depth look at topical issues affecting the industry. 

We're currently focusing on the 2015 Building Regulation Updates for England, and on this page you should find all the resources you need to understand and implement the changes brought to the Regulations by the Housing Standards review.  You can access the updated Approved Documents here

If you would like to book onto one of our popular Building Regulation Update courses - you can find upcoming course details here

Key Updates

The document below summarises all the key changes to Approved Documents in 2015. This document can be sent out as an e-bulletin to designers, builders and developers to keep them abreast of the regulatory and guidance amendments.

Building Regulations - Key Updates 2015

Articles relating to Building Regulation Updates:

This article explains the main issues driving the Housing Standards Review and the transitional provisions from a planning perspective:

The Housing Standards Review - Transitional Provisions (Planning)

This article discusses issues around the new Part Q (Security) from a building control perspective:

Jumping The 'Q' (LABC Members Only)

This PDF advises statutory changes to the building regulations, March 2015 including changes to approved inspector notices:

Building Regulations - Statutory Amendments

This document is an excerpt from DCLG Circular  27 March 2015 on changes to Approved Inspector notices, effective 1st October 2015:

Building Regulations - Changes to Approved Inspector Notices

A guide for planners:

This pdf presentation is aimed specifically at Planning and Development Management Officers to advise on the outcomes of the Housing Standards Review, and the technical standards Planning may invoke through ‘optional requirements’ of the Building Regulations. This essential reading will help to alleviate problems between Planning, Building Control and Developers by outlining the site-wide and dwelling-specific issues contained in the new regulations.

Housing Standards Review and Optional Requirements: What planners need to know


DIY Training (LABC Members Access Only):

Member document: DIY Training on Building Regulations and Housing Standards Review 2015 - long version

Member document: DIY Training on Building Regulations and Housing Standards Review 2015