Consultation outcome

Building regulations: access statements, security, changing places toilets and regulation 7

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2012 consultation on changes to the building regulations in England: summary of responses

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Detail of outcome

Combined summary of responses to the 2012 consultation on changes to the building regulations.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 31 January 2012 12:00am to
27 April 2012 11:45pm

Summary

Overview of the consultation on changes to the building regulations system and details of various technical aspects of the regulations.

Documents

2012 consultation on changes to the building regulations in England: section 1 - introduction to the consultation package and proposals

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Approved Document K: protection from falling, collision and impact (consultation version)

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Changes to part B (fire safety) of the building regulations in England: light diffusers and wall coverings - consultation-stage impact assessment

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Changes to part C (site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture) of the building regulations in England: radon - consultation-stage impact assessment

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Changes to part M (access to and use of buildings) of the building regulations in England: access statements - consultation-stage impact assessment

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Changes to part A (structure) of the building regulations in England: Eurocodes - consultation-stage impact assessment

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Removing inconsistency in local fire protection standards: final impact assessment

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Rationalisation of parts K, M and N of the building regulations in England: consultation-stage impact assessment

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Economic and analytical support for impact assessment of proposals to amend the building regulations in 2013

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Consideration of amendment of the building regulations: Approved Document A (structure) - freestanding masonry walls 2004 initial impact assessment

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Report of economic research related to the 2010 review of building regulations parts A and C

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Consultation description

This consultation paper sets out the detailed proposals on parts A, B, C, K, M and N, access statements, security, changing places toilet and regulation 7, and is section 1 of 4, relating to the 2012 building regulations consultation exercise.

Section 1 provides an overview of the consultation package as a whole as well as proposals on a number of areas including:

  • replacing the currently referenced standards in part A (structure) with the new British Standards based on Eurocodes
  • aligning the existing guidance in Approved Document C (site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture) with the most up-to-date radon maps to ensure the safety provisions are targeted appropriately
  • clarifying the guidance on access statements in Approved Document M (access to and use of buildings)
  • rationalising the guidance supporting parts M, K and N (access, protection from falling, collision and impact and glazing respectively) to remove unnecessary costs on business
  • making minor changes to the technical guidance in Approved Document B (fire safety) to resolve practical problems in the application of requirement B2 (internal fire spread (linings))
  • setting out the intention to take forward the repeal of the fire protection provisions in the Local Acts
  • setting out the non-regulatory approach proposed in relation to domestic security and changing places toilets

Draft Approved Documents

Published alongside this section of the consultation is a draft version of a new Approved Document K (protection from falling, collision and impact). Not only does this reflect the proposed changes resulting from the rationalisation of parts K, M and N, it also seeks consultees’ views on the proposed new style of Approved Documents.

This new style has also been applied to a draft revised Approved Document regulation 7 which can be found in the main consultation document as annex I.

Other consultation sections

The other consultation sections cover the following: