THE APPROVED DOCUMENTS
The Building Regulations 1991 (SI 1991 No 2768) have
been amended by the Building Regulations (Amendment)
Regulations 1994 (SI 1994 No 1850). This document is
one of a series that has been approved by the Secretary
of State as practical guidance on meeting the requirements
of Schedule 1 and regulation 7 of the Building Regulations.
At the back of this document is a list of those documents
currently published by the Department of the Environment
and the Welsh Office which have been approved for the
purpose of the Building Regulations 1991.
The detailed provisions contained in the Approved Documents
are intended to provide guidance for some of the more
common building situations, in other circumstances,
alternative ways of demonstrating compliance with the
requirements may be appropriate.
Evidence supporting compliance
There is no obligation to adopt any particular solution
contained in an Approved Document if you prefer to meet
the relevant requirement in some other way. However,
should a contravention of a requirement be alleged then,
if you have followed the guidance in the relevant Approved
Documents, that will be evidence tending to show that
you have complied with the Regulations. If you have
not followed the guidance, then that will be evidence
tending to show that you have not complied. It will
then be for you to demonstrate by other means that you
have satisfied the requirement.
The guidance contained in an Approved Document relates
only to the particular requirements of the Regulations
which that document addresses. The building work will
also have to comply with the requirements of any other
relevant paragraphs in Schedule 1 to the Regulations.
There are Approved Documents which give guidance on
each of the other requirements in Schedule 1 and on
LIMITATION ON REQUIREMENTS
In accordance with regulation 8, the requirements in
Parts A to K and N of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations
do not require anything to be done except for the purpose
of securing reasonable standards of health and safety
for persons in or about the building.
MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP
Any building work which is subject to requirements
imposed by Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations should,
in accordance with regulation 7, be carried out with
proper materials and in a workmanlike manner.
You may show that you have complied with regulation
7 in a number of ways, for example, by the appropriate
use of a product bearing an EC mark in accordance with
the Construction Products Directive (89/1 06/EEC), or
by following an appropriate technical specification
(as defined in that Directive), a British Standard,
a British Board of Agrément Certificate, or an alternative
national technical specification of any member state
of the European Community which, in use, is equivalent.
You will find further guidance in the Approved Document
supporting regulation 7 on materials and workmanship.
Building Regulations are made for specific purposes:
health and safety, energy conservation and the welfare
and convenience of disabled people. Standards and technical
approvals are relevant guidance to the extent that they
relate to these considerations. However, they may also
address other aspects of performance such as serviceability
or aspects which although they relate to health and
safety are not covered by the Regulations.
When an Approved Document makes reference to a named
standard, the relevant version of the standard is the
one listed at the end of the publication. However, if
this version of the standard has been revised or updated
by the issuing standards body, the new version may be
used as a source of guidance provided it continues to
address the relevant requirements of the Regulations.
The Secretary of State has agreed with the British Board
of Agrément on the aspects of performance which it needs
to assess in preparing its Certificates in order that
the Board may demonstrate the compliance of a product
or system which has an Agrément Certificate with the
requirements of the Regulations. An Agrément Certificate
issued by the Board under these arrangements will give
assurance that the product or system to which the Certificate
relates, if properly used in accordance with the terms
of the Certificate, will meet the relevant requirements.
Similarly, the appropriate use of a product which complies
with a European Technical Approval as defined in the
Construction Products Directive will also meet the relevant