Research and analysis

Usability research: building regulations Approved Documents B and M

Summary report of study into the usability of building regulations Approved Documents B (fire safety) and M (access to and use of buildings).


Usability research: Approved Document B: fire safety and Approved Document M: access to and use of buildings

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The research was made up of:

  • a desk-based review;
  • depth interviews
  • an online survey

The research showed that the Approved Documents, including B and M, are essential in making sure people comply with the building regulations. Users value them.

Published 10 February 2017