Guides to help you understand the Building Regulations

The Building Regulations that legally apply to your home improvement plans can be complex, but don't despair! The following guides will help make the regulations easier to understand.

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Building Regulation guides

Document nameFile sizeDescription
Building Regulations Explanatory Booklet 1.16 MB A full overview on the legal Building Regulations in England and Wales (relevant to anyone planning to carry out building projects).
Party Wall etc. Act 1966 Booklet 1.09 MB Explanation of how the Party Wall Act etc. 1996 may affect you if you're planning to carry out work covered by the Act, or receive notification under the Act of proposed work by your neighbours.
Part L & Part P Changes – April 2005 283 KB The energy efficiency and electrical safety measures introduced as part of the Government's strategy to tackle climate change.
Domestic Heating Compliance Guide – April 2006 757 KB Guidance on complying with the Building Regulations Part L for conventional space heating systems and hot water service systems in properties.
Garden Walls – Better to be Safe than Sorry 273 KB Advice on maintaining garden and boundary walls if repairs are needed, and guidance on whether a wall needs rebuilding according to defined heights and thickness.
Gas & Oil Central Heating Boilers – Advice to Householders 1.10 KB The Government's strategy for raising the energy performance standard on new and replacement gas-fired hot water central heating boilers.
Guide to Condensing Boiler Installation Assessment Procedure for Dwellings – April 2005 1.22 MB Efficiency requirements for hot water, central heating, gas and oil boilers installed in new and existing dwellings.
Home Information Pack (HIP) 3.09 KB Explanation of Home information Packs (introduced throughout England and Wales at the beginning of 2007 to make the overall process of buying or a selling a property easier).
Low or Zero Carbon Energy Sources – March 2006 7.20 KB Strategic guide supporting the inclusion of low and zero carbon (LZC) energy sources in Part L of the Building Regulations in new buildings.

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