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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title; 5 edition (6 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750684445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750684446
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,580 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.

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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 By Andrew Wilkins on 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 By Phil Parsons on 1 Sep 2003
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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 By Tom Wise on 27 Jan 2006
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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 By 5565 on 14 Sep 2007
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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 By TZ on 27 Feb 2009
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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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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. I find the regulations themselves, which are free to download, just as confusing, so why pay for a book that is very much the same. Even the illustrations in the book are copied from the approved documents. The book often repeats the regulation, which typically does not tell you very much. It is not very good at telling how to actually meet the regulations. I find the coverage of energy efficiency (part L) particularly poor. I would discourage anyone from wasting their money on this book.
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