Building Regulations

Building Regulations Part L1A for Glazing

Building Regulations are a set of governmental rules and guidelines to ensure all building works in the UK are safe, accessible and limit waste and environmental damage. Part L of the Building Regulations deals with the Conservation of Fuel and Power, ensuring good thermal insulation to all external facades and dictating targets for C02 emission, thermal efficiency, heating and waste management...

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Building Regulations Part L1B for Glazing

Building Regulations are a set of governmental rules and guidelines to ensure all building works in the UK are safe, accessible and limit waste and environmental damage.

Part L of the Building Regulations deals with the Conservation of Fuel and Power, ensuring good thermal insulation to all external facades and dictating targets for C02 emission, thermal efficiency and waste managemenbnt

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Code for Sustainable Homes

This is the national standard for the construction of new homes with a sustainable design that aims to reduce carbon emissions. Introduced in April 2007, it measures sustainability using categories of sustainable design. The code gives a 1-6 star rating to provide a value to the sustainability performance of the entire home.

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Regulations and Building Practice for Glass Balustrades

Glass Balustrades, in particular, frameless glass balustrades, are a popular use of structural glazing to provide a protection against level changes in an architectural design. The advantage of using glass for such a barrier means that it is completely transparent and clear, minimising disruption on views from within the building and also minimising the impact the existence of the barrier has on the building design.

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SAP Calculations and Glazing

All residential new builds and extensions (where the building is open to the extension) in the UK are required to have a SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) Calculation if the glazing guidelines for Building Regulations are exceeded.

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Security Ratings

There are various standards and testing methods that are used in order to categorise the security protection that different glass specifications and products can provide. EN 356 tests and classifies glass in a building situation by its resitance to manual attack such as forced entry (burglary). The test specimen (the glass panel) is secured in a licenced testing facility such as the Rosenheim Institute in Germany. The glass panel to be tested is fixed in a horizontal testing bed...

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Slip Resistant Options for Walk on Glass

Glass is a slippery material, especially when wet. Therefore when you are using a glass unit as a walk on surface and additional finish should be applied to the glass in order to achieve a slip resistance.

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Will I need Planning Permission?

Some extensions and renovations can be made to houses without planning permission in what is referred to as Permitted Development. For an extension to be classed as 'Permitted Development' there are a few stipulations to consider...

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