Ensuring your home meets self-build regulations is a vital part of your project. All residential buildings in the UK are subject to the standards outlined in the Building Regulations. Regardless of whether your home has achieved planning permission, the build itself must comply with these safety regulations to protect both the workers on site, and the occupiers once the home is completed. It is also important to note that regulations are objective, unlike planning approval, which can be denied or accepted based on a number of factors. Regulatory compliance is achieved by meeting exact standards and there is limited room for maneuver.
There is much to know about compliance with self-build regulations and Frame Technologies can assist in understanding and meeting a wide range of building code requirements, including excellent U-value calculations and air pressure testing, in order to achieve the highest possible rating for your project. While the Government supports self-building as a means of diversifying the housing market and providing increased consumer choice, it is rightly stringent about ensuring that self-build homes meet the same quality standards as those built by commercial developers.
What building regulations need to be considered?
Self-build regulations vary across England, Wales and Scotland but in general, the following aspects of a build will likely need to comply with building regulations:
- Structural safety
- Materials and workmanship
- Sustainability standards
- Fire safety
- Conservation of fuel and power
This is not a comprehensive list and there are many more project elements that will fall under national building regulations. This is why it is crucial to consult with experts across all stages of the build to ensure your home meets the correct code. They will know exactly what needs to be done, and when, and can assist with preparing for inspections and tests that will be required.
How can Frame Technologies support building regulations?
Where planning legislation dictates, Frame Technologies can offer Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) and SAP calculations. Onsite work should not commence until the ‘as designed’ calculations have been submitted to Building Control. Upon completion, an ‘as built’ assessment and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will also need to be submitted to Building Control.
We can also aid with the creation of energy statements to offer guidance on building fabric performance and the sourcing of sustainable materials to achieve excellent BREEAM ratings. Our experts can also advise on how best to improve building fabric to reduce the Dwelling Emission Rate (DER).
Timber frame is an excellent sustainable build system and one of the primary benefits is energy performance. Air tightness is a key consideration for achieving good SAP ratings and implementing a good air tightness strategy from the beginning of the project can help to meet these aims. Compared to traditional brick and block build methods, timber frame can be easily sealed, making airtightness faster and less expensive. The quality control of factory-manufactured timber frame also ensure that there won’t be any unplanned gaps to fill.
Please get in touch with us for any help or guidance you require about SBEM and SAP