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The end for building regs as we know them?


It is about time. I have had to provide a steel frame just to support a dormer window on a roof extension because the house was 5 stories high (the rest of the house was existing and allowed to collapse). A couple of months ago the gaps in a ramp handrail were rejected because it was 10mm over the 380 difference allowed, yet I can walk along a cliff top on a public path with a fall of 30m without a fence. The regulations need to be proportionate to the real risk and make sure that building are constructed to the correct standards. There are many small builders working directly for clients who have little idea what is in the current building regulations. We have the building regulations, approved documents in in some cases government guides to the approved documents. I just hope that they do not go the same way as the planning overhaul which resulted in a much more complex system.

Posted date

30 October, 2012

Posted time

10:10 am