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Building Regulations in Brief [Paperback]

Ray Tricker (MSc IEng FIET FCIM FIQA FIRSE)
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7 July 2003 0750653671 978-0750653671
Baffled by the Building Regs? Confused by codes of practice? Mystified by materials and puzzled by planning permission? Then look no further! This handy guide is not only for builders and DIY enthusiasts but, with its ready reference and no-nonsense approach, it is equally useful to designers, building surveyors and inspectors, students and architects.

This easy-to-understand pocket book gives sufficient and practical information to enable you to comply with the regulations in the simplest and most cost-effective manner possible. It takes away the mystique of the Building Regulations and provides an in-brief guide to meeting its requirements, providing simple and practical information on how the regulations can be easily and cost effectively adhered to.

It explains the meaning of the regulations, their history, current status, requirements, associated documentation and how local authorities and councils view its importance, also emphasising the benefits and requirements of these regulations.

It includes such useful sections as structure and requirements, interpretation and application, structural stability, structural fire and safety precautions, site preparation and resistance to moisture, toxic substances, sound insulation, ventilation, hygiene, drainage and waste disposal, heat producing appliances, stairs, ramps and guards, conservation of fuel and power, access to facilities for disabled people, glazing - materials and protection, materials and workmanship, drafts for development, planning permission and local authorities, environmental control, safety and quality.

* Easy-to-understand pocket book on the building regulations.
* Provides practical information on how to adhere easily to the regulations.
* Each step in the building process detailed, with the relevant regulations explained.


Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750653671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750653671
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,405,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As the owner of a large building firm, I find that I have to spend an inordinate amount of time reading through the Building Regs to ensure that I am working in accordance with the so-called "recommendations for good building practice". Whilst most of the advice contained in the Approved Documents is fairly straight forward and already widely used in the building trade, to meet specific requirements and satisfy the Building Inspectors requires a lot of background knowledge and research - time that I can ill afford. By pure chance I purchased a copy of "Building Regulations in Brief" and it now accompanies me everywhere. The book has been put together in such a way that it makes it an ideal reference book to the regulations and no matter what part of the building works you need advice on, a quick glance at the index will take you straight to a section that explains the current status of the requirements and also shows how they can be cost-effectively complied with. A reference book like this has been long overdue. Well done. "

Amazon Reviewer, Glasgow

*****


"As a Civil Engineer working in a building services environment, I found this book to be an exceptionally useful reference book for guidance and interpretation of the 'Regs'.

"Building Regulations - In Brief" is true to its title and summarizes, succinctly, the requirements of The Building Act. It provides clear illustrations of contentious items and contains unambiguous, precise, easily understood detail and explanations of the current Building Regulations

Building practice, techniques, components and procedures are clearly defined with supplementary references to regulations and relevant standards. Laid out in a simple manner, it provides a quick to find reference to almost every aspect of construction - thankfully without pages upon pages of explanatory writing (which is a welcome change from other books on this topic that I have read!)

As well as being a valuable reference manual for construction professionals and DIY builders (working on simple projects such as building extensions and building adaptations), this book will appeal to architects, planners, surveyors, builders, designers, building control professionals, building inspectors, regulators and students. Certainly a cost effective alternative to forking out for the Regs!"


Civil Engineering, Amazon, UK

About the Author

Ray Tricker is the Principal Consultant of Herne European Consultancy Ltd - a company specialising in ISO 9000 Management Systems - and is also an established author. He served with the Royal Corps of Signals (for a total of 37 years) during which time he held various managerial posts culminating in being appointed as the Chief Engineer of NATO's Communication Security Agency (ACE COMSEC). Most of Ray's work since joining Herne has centred on the European Railways. He has held a number of posts with the Union International des Chemins de fer (UIC) (e.g. Quality Manager of the European Train Control System (ETCS)) and with the European Union (EU) Commission (e.g. T500 Review Team Leader, European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Users Group Project Co-ordinator, HEROE Project Co-ordinator) and currently (as well as writing books!) he is busy assisting small businesses from around the world produce their own auditable Quality and/or Integrated Management Systems to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001 and OHSAS standards. He is also a UKAS Assessor for the assessment of certification bodies for the harmonisation of the trans-European high speed railway network.

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal reference book 30 July 2003
Format:Paperback
As the owner of a large building firm, I find that I have to spend an inordinate amount of time reading through the Building Regs to ensure that I am working in accordance with the so-called “recommendations for good building practice”. Whilst most of the advice contained in the Approved Documents is fairly straight forward and already widely used in the building trade, to meet specific requirements and satisfy the Building Inspectors requires a lot of background knowledge and research - time that I can ill afford. By pure chance I purchased a copy of ”Building Regulations in Brief” and it now accompanies me everywhere. The book has been put together in such a way that it makes it an ideal reference book to the regulations and no matter what part of the building works you need advice on, a quick glance at the index will take you straight to a section that explains the current status of the requirements and also shows how they can be cost-effectively complied with. A reference book like this has been long overdue. Well done.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As a Civil Engineer working in a building services environment, I found this book to be an exceptionally useful reference book for guidance and interpretation of the 'Regs'.
“Building Regulations - In Brief” is true to its title and summarizes, succinctly, the requirements of The Building Act. It provides clear illustrations of contentious items and contains unambiguous, precise, easily understood detail and explanations of the current Building Regulations
Building practice, techniques, components and procedures are clearly defined with supplementary references to regulations and relevant standards. Laid out in a simple manner, it provides a quick to find reference to almost every aspect of construction - thankfully without pages upon pages of explanatory writing (which is a welcome change from other books on this topic that I have read!)
As well as being a valuable reference manual for construction professionals and DIY builders (working on simple projects such as building extensions and building adaptations), this book will appeal to architects, planners, surveyors, builders, designers, building control professionals, building inspectors, regulators and students. Certainly a cost effective alternative to forking out for the Regs!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing 27 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
I have tried to give this book time but I have come to the conclusion the problem is not just me. I do not enjoy reading books of regulations, but I really do not think the macro or micro approach of this book helps. Some areas such as bathrooms for disabled get pages but trying to find regs on the placement of standard sockets or thickness of joists defeats me. Could be me but my conclusion is that the dense text hides a lack of organisation and clarity. There has to be something more practical out there. Its not expensive and there is good information in it but it is, in my view, not the answer the write-ups suggest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money! 14 Sep 2007
By 5565
Format:Paperback
I recently purchased this book and I have to say that I am not impressed!

Although the book may be of some use to people with little or no knowledge of construction, it is not suitable for construction professionals such as architects, inspectors and surveyors as it lists on the back of the book.

Although it would be almost impossible to produce a book which details every regulation, this book still leaves out important regulations that the average construction designer would get involved with. On top of that the diagrams in the book are complete copies of those listed in the current building regulations. Wouldn't it have been of some benefit to add diagrams which show different angles to the illustrations currently listed in the building regs?

The complete building regulations are available on electronic format from a number of sites on the internet for under 10. Construction professionals should save their money and opt for these instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. 27 Feb 2009
By TZ
Format:Paperback
I thought I would give this book a chance - despite other's negative feedback and I'm sorry I did. As a reference tool, it's impossible to effectively use - with an impossible index, sending you on wild goose chases. Try finding 'safety glass' in the index and the relative area's and heights it must be used in to meet current standards ..(I lost the will to live! and found it in 5 seconds in Document N Building regs)... It's much quicker and easier to just turn to the Building Regs online versions. At least their indexes are user-friendly and with Acrobat Reader you can run electronic searches for key words and quickly scroll through the pages to clearly see what you need to. Sorry but very disappointed - I have lost a lot of study time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving You Time and Money 2 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
An easy to understand guide to the planning and building regulation minefield. I used this book not to try to become an expert on the subject myself, but to question a decision of 'experts' in the field. Very briefly my intention is to build an outbuilding as a hobbies/activity room in my garden. It was designed so as not to require planning permission, only to meet building regulations requirements. Because the proposal was nearer to a highway than the existing building, the local planning authority required a planning application together with a £135 fee. A quick check in Building Regulations in Brief index took me to page 149 '5.17 Outbuildings', and the statement that planning permission in such circumstances is only required if the building proposed is within 20m of the highway. A 'phone call to the planning authority pointing out that my proposal is 25m from the highway and therefore planning permission was not required was accepted by them and permitted development was authorised. It saved me a lot of aggravation and £135 into the bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap at twice the price
This is an ex-library book so some bits are out of date. The current regulations are free in their 'raw' format but are very time-consuming to follow. Read more
Published 8 months ago by PeterKaye406
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
Although overtaken by changes in legislation this book provides an excellent insight into many aspects of building work and is a very useful starting point for a project.
Published 9 months ago by L. Mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on
All the data in a concise format that allows easy reference and accurate
Survey content. Well worthwhile to many trades that need the information
In an easy guide.
Published 16 months ago by Mr R Townsend
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I order this product which turned up very quickly with now problems good value for money. would recommend to others
Published 18 months ago by Badger
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing at best
I bought this book about a year ago as a quick reference aid for my work as a building specifier and developer . Read more
Published on 17 May 2011 by HS
1.0 out of 5 stars confusing and ill laid out
I've bought this book in order to understand the requirements that apply for my kitchen extension. This book has been of very little use in making me understand the regulations. Read more
Published on 12 April 2010 by Mr. Roel Verhoeven
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Regulations in Brief
This book is highly recommended for beginners or pros.,
The book is a must if you want the latest regs or advice. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Ray Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTHWHILE
Even though an 825 page book could hardly be called "In Brief" it is a pleasant change to find an author who is able to write something about a very regulatory subject in such a... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2007 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book, at a good price
Having been associated with the building trade for more years than I care to remember, I have always found it extremely difficult to find system specific requirements for a... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2007 by Peter Lowe
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