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Building Regulations for Extensions

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Building Regulations for Extensions

Building Regulations for Extensions

Most extensions require you to conform to specific building regulations. Although there are some exemptions, let’s take a look at the most common building regulations.

There are many elements that you should consider when it comes to building regulations. This includes your foundation, ventilation, energy efficiency, flooring and structure. For example, floors need to provide sufficient support for the structure, as well as the weight of the floor itself. It should provide resistance to heat loss as well as ground moisture.

Foundations should transmit the load of the structure evenly to the ground. This is why all buildings need to have sufficient foundations. These foundations are normally made from concrete. It can either have a shallow fill or a deep fill, depending on the requirements. You may need to use a specific type of soil and consider the adjacent structures when you construct your foundation.

When it comes to ventilation, each room should be adequate. This is mainly for health reasons. If you create a new room, you should immediately think of the ventilation. You can improve installation by adding mechanical extraction fans, for example.

Then you should take a look at energy efficiency. There are many ways to achieve an energy efficient building and one way to do this is to use solar panels. The solar installations may need approval of their own but they are very effective. It also pays to carefully consider your internal lights as well as insulation in your loft area.

For more information about home extensions, please contact our helpful team today. We will be happy to assist with your enquiry.