building regulations for dummies
What ARE building regulations, I hear you ask? Well, they are a legal requirement that exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings. They also provide for energy conservation and access to and use of buildings.
As a person wanting to build, you can go to either the Local Authority, or to an Approved Inspector, whose responsibility it is to ensure, as far a reasonably possible, that these minimum standards are met from the initial construction drawings and details, all the way through to the final completion of construction on site.
We, at Ellis Designs, use Harwood Building Control as our Approved Inspectors. Harwood are based in Canterbury, Kent and manage building regulation projects nationwide, which suits our similarly wide-ranging client base just right.
From our point of view, using an Approved Private Building Regulations Inspector means that the process is quicker, they are more proactive, cost-effective, one-to-one and client focused, and raise construction issues more effectively and clearly; all resulting in smooth running, more economical projects. It’s all about teamwork, after all!
The process is simple: Construction drawings and details are sent to Harwood to provide a detailed quotation for the Plan Check and Site Inspection stages. If all’s well, they are appointed and the local authority notified. Work can then get cracking on checking the drawings and details, ready for handing over to the client and contractors.
During construction, site visits are made by Harwood to check for continued construction compliance. If the Architect / Designer or Contractor gets a sudden flash of blue-sky-thinking genius, and changes the design or construction method, that’s fine, so long as the adjustments still meet the Building Regulations and do not affect the Planning approved design.
So, the moral of this story? Get a pro in on the job, dot the I’s and cross the T’s, achieve better buildings and happy clients.
If you want more information on how a private building regulations contractor can benefit your project, simply get in touch.