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The Building Regulations 2010 (Building Regulations 2010), SI 2010/2214 set out the basis of legislation for building work in the UK. Most building work (including new constructions and modifications to existing buildings) are therefore subject to building regulations approval which can be gained through a local council or an approved inspector.
Relevant legislation includes:
Building Act 1984
Building Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2214
Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2215
Building (Scotland) Act 2003
The Building Regulations Approved Documents (ADs) are essentially the instruments that ensure policies set out in legislation are being carried out, providing practical guidance on ways of complying. They cover 15 separate sections (Parts A to R) stating the relevant legislation using extracts from the Building Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2214 and giving examples of how a development may deem to satisfy the provisions detailed.
There have been a number of changes in both the Building Act 1984 and the relevant building regulations since their original inception to amend and extend their scope.
Part L covers the conservation of fuel and power (energy efficiency) in buildings.
In England and Wales, it is set out in the Building Regulations 2010, Sch 1, Part L. Paragraph L1 states that:
'reasonable provision shall be made for the conservation of fuel and power in buildings by:(a) limiting heat gains
'reasonable provision shall be made for the conservation of fuel and power in buildings by:
(a) limiting heat gains
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