Amendments to Approved Document B, Volumes 1 and 2 in England were published on 1st June 2022. These are in association with amendment regulations to the Building Regulations that apply from 1st December 2022, alongside a direction on cavity trays in certain buildings that applied from 1st June 2022.
When the ‘ban on combustible materials’ was introduced in late 2018, the government committed to reviewing this on a regular basis. As a result, they consulted on various changes early in 2020 and have now considered the responses received. A number of alterations have been made to the regulations and guidance that implement some of these proposals.
They are also implementing some inquiry recommendations and taking the opportunity to further clarify text/diagrams within the documents.
There are a number of key changes, some relate to all buildings and others to particular classes or thresholds. Although not full coverage, the following themes are covered:
Section 10 of Approved Document B, Volume 1 and Section 12 of Volume 2 have been replaced; alongside amendments to the regulations:
Further changes to Section 10 of Volume 1, Section 12 of Volume 2 and the regulations include:
Section 15 of Approved Document B, Volume 1 has the following changes:
Numerous changes intended to aid clarity have also been made:
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The amended Approved Documents and regulations come into force on 1st December 2022.
However it is normal for building regulation changes to be introduced through a transitional period, during which time and assuming qualifying criteria are met, the existing regulations remain in force.
Therefore, the December 2022 changes will not apply where an initial notice has been given to a local authority before 1st December 2022 and the building work to which it relates starts within six months of 1st December 2022 (before 1st June 2023).
The cavity tray dispensation will last for 18 months following its publication on 1st June 2022.
The circular letter released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUCH), confirms their opinion that commencement of work would usually be marked by the following:
Where a Premier Guarantee warranty product is provided, these additional details should be satisfied.
DLUHC also confirm the works that are not likely to constitute commencement:
For more information, follow the following links to the government website for detail on the changes:
If you need any further information or clarification please use this enquiry form or you can discuss your plans with your Premier Guarantee Building Control Surveyor or your Account Manager.
Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication (August 2022). Guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. For the most up to date Premier Guarantee technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the Premier Guarantee Technical Manual.