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28 Jun 2005 0750667036 978-0750667036 3
This easy-to-understand pocket book gives those working in the UK or with UK organizations sufficient and practical information to enable them to comply with UK 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.

The author explains the meaning of the UK 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. This new edition includes the latest revisions to Part P, Part A, Part C and Part E published in 2004 and 2005 as well as highlights from the consultation documents for Part L and Part F.

·Fully updated for revised Part P, Part A, Part C and Part E
·Practical information on how to comply quickly and easily to the regulations
·Each step in the building process detailed, with all regulations explained

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title; 3 edition (28 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750667036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750667036
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Building Regulations-In Brief' is true to its title and summarizes, succinctly the requirements of the Building Act'

'By pure chance I purchased a copy of 'Building Regulations in Brief' and now it accompanies me everywhere'

'Building practice, techniques, components and procedures are clearly detailed with supplementary references to regulations and relevant standards'

'Cost effective alternative to forking out for the Regs!'

'A reference book like this has been long overdue' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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
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
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
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
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
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing 28 July 2005
By A Customer
Almost half of the 25-page index is under "Requirements -" with the items listed under sub and sub-sub headings. Difficult to scan your eye down and find what your looking for. Why not just list the items and put requirements as a sub heading if needed?
This is continued in the book where the top of each odd numbered page has the book chapter name. Would be useful to find your way around except it is "Meeting the requirements of the Building Regulations" for most of the book.
Personally I also found the page layouts confusing with much of the text shaded for no clear reason. Also the hierarchy of headings is not immediately clear.
Why split subjects by using appendices and why have a section "The requirements of the Building Regulations" separate from the main "Meeting the requirements...."? Lets have the requirements with how to meet them next.
Butterworth Heinemann must do better!
A grudging 3 stars as it does use illustrations often and does seem to cover everything.
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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 9 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 10 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 17 months ago by Mr R Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving You Time and Money
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... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2006 by Jim Gibbons
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