Keeping up to Speed with the Latest Building and Fire Regulations

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Keeping up to Speed with the Latest Building and Fire Regulations

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Courses Overview:


This 1 day course, with the latest 2018/19 amendments, provides a comprehensive update of the changes to the Building Regulations over recent years. It includes further CO2 reductions for dwellings and other buildings and fire regulations that have been appended in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018/19 detailing the requirements for none combustible cladding to tall buildings.

Keeping up to Speed with Building Regulations is mandatory knowledge for construction professionals; a current, working understanding of the Regulations is essential for avoiding potential, non-compliance with Regulations.

Benefits of this course:

  • Gain a greater understanding of up-to-date Building Regulations from a practising Building Control professional
  • Access the speaker’s wealth of knowledge in the application of Building Regulations, and take part in discussions throughout the day
  • Become mindful of the most current Health and Safety considerations in construction
  • Master the Regulations, old and new, and be confident in applying them to projects and on-site


• Summary of how Westminster and Europe are requiring changes to the Building Regulations

Understanding Part L1a, L1b, L2a and L2b (conservation of fuel and power) new dwellings and extensions, new buildings and extensions other than dwellings

• Review this new approved document
• Implementation of EU Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD)
• Four new approved documents covering new and existing dwellings and non-dwellings
• Whole building compliance limiting CO2 emissions
• Role of SAP and SBEM
• Consequential improvements
• Thermal requirements for building renovation projects

Part F (means of ventilation)

• Radical overhaul of the existing Approved Document F
• Performance based approach
• Strategies based on extract, whole building and purge ventilation
• Guidance on natural and mechanical systems
• Guidance on ventilation of basements
• Guidance on ventilation of offices and car parks
• Requirements for commissioning systems including sound testing

Part K (Protection from falling, collision and impact)

• Review of this new Approved Document
• Staircase and ramp design
• Protection from falling
• Vehicle barriers and loading bays
• Protection from impact with glazing
• Additional provisions for glazing in buildings other than dwellings
• Protection from impact from and trapping by doors

Part B (fire safety)

This updated 1 – day course will discuss all aspects of fire safety guidance contained in the two volumes including volume 1 dwellings and volume 2 buildings other than dwellings.

The speaker will review the fire regulations relevant to ‘rain-screen cladding’ façade systems in terms of compliance options, fire tests and critical construction details. (Discussions Involving the Grenfell disaster including the latest 2018/19 changes to Part B to ban the use of combustible cladding on tall buildings).

• Review of the ‘clarified’ versions of the documents.
• Review of main changes to the Approved Document involving commercial and domestic properties
• Review the need for door closers to fire doors
• Further guidance on smoke alarm provision
• New requirements for sprinkler protection in residential care homes and other residential buildings
• Review the changes involving means of escape provisions for commercial buildings
• Review the requirements for effective means of escape for people with disabilities

Part M (access to and use of buildings)

• Main access issues discussed for commercial buildings and dwellings
• Use of Access Strategies
• Relationship with BS 8300 2018

BS 9999 – code of practice for the fire safety in the design, construction and use of buildings

• Review this new standard which replaces the existing BS 5588 series
• Risk profiling
• Managing fire safety
• Designing means of escape
• Access and facilities for firefighting
• Designing the building structure
• Managing occupied buildings

RRO Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005

• What is the RRO?
• Where does it apply?
• Who is the responsible person?
• What are the main requirements?
• Guidance documents

Review of the remaining approved documents

• Including Part A – Structure, Part C –Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture, Part D – Toxic substances, Part E – Resistance to the passage of sound, Part G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency, Part H – Drainage and waste disposal, Part J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems, Part P – Electrical safety – dwellings, Part Q – Security – dwellings, Approved document 7 to support regulation 7.
Part R – Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks

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