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Quick Start Guide - The BuildingRegs4Plans Web Apps
Important Note: Use of the App for Non-Registered Users is limited for guidance and evaluation only. Our Premium & Standard Registration Schemes permit commercial use on Building Regulations Plans.

For more guidance, you can view the Quick Start Video or Further Info Guide.
Or take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions.

Building Regulations Extensions

Choose Plan Type

1. Choose your type of plan, House Extension, New Build, Flat Conversion, Loft Conversion, Garage Conversion or Garage Build click the relevant button on the Left-Side Panel to open the App.

[Once you have started compiling your Specification within the app, you should not leave the page until you have finished and copied the note.

To open another page without leaving the app, right-click the link and select 'Open in New Window'.]

Building Regulations House Extension Notes

 

Select Category

2. Once you have selected the type of plan (eg loft conversion), begin by selecting a Specific Category from the left-hand column within the app eg Drainage or Foundations.

It may be useful to work through the list of categories from top-to-bottom, so that don't miss anything out.

Building Regulations Party Wall Note

 

 

Pick a Subcategory

3. Go to the second column which shows subcategories. There are usually several subcategories from which to choose. Pick the relevant one for your plans.

Party Wall Specification

 

Add a Note to the Specification

4. You may need to click through several choices before you reach a Building Note.

When you do reach a Buiding Regulations Note**, click on the 'Add Note to Note-List' button to add that note to your Specification.

**Some notes have optional construction detail drawings (CAD & jpeg formats) for purchase. Just add them to your basket and purchase at the checkout. You can review your basket and go to the checkout at any time.

Party Wall Building Regulations Specification

The Specification / Note-List

5. Building Regulations Notes are shown in your Specification in the order in which you added them. Use the scrollbar review the list, if you require.

If a note doesn't meet the exact requirements for your project, you can edit it with the 'Edit Notes' feature. See the Further Info Guide for additional guidance on this function.

Note: The Specs are applicable to work in England & Wales only.

Building Regulations for CAD title

 

Select and Copy into your CAD Program

6. Once you have added the notes and completed your specification, use the 'Copy' button at the top of your spec to copy the it to the clipboard.

Some browsers don't support the Copy function, in which case the button will read 'Select'. Click it, then manually copy the highlighted Specification by right-clicking (over the specification) and clhoosing 'Copy' from the menu.

In either case, paste the finished Building Regulations Specification into your CAD program.

Building Regulations for CAD title

Export your Specification as a Text File

The 'Export' button converts your specification into a Text file. After pressing the Export button you will be prompted to save the file on your computer.

Text Files can be opened with Text-Editor or Word-Processor programs e.g. Word.

Windows PC: Text Files can be opened on Windows computers with NotePad or WordPad.

Mac: Text Files can be opened on Mac Computers with 'TextEdit'.

Opera: Unfortunately, we don't currently support the 'Export' function in the Opera browser.

House Extension Notes Menu System

 

Navigating through the Notes

The Navigation Bar shows the path you have taken through the subcategories.

You can use it to navigate back through subcategories.

For more guidance, see the Quick Start Video.

Please contact us if you have any queries about registration.


Sample Building Notes

FULL FILL CAVITY WALL To achieve minimum U Value of 0.28W/m²K
20mm two coat sand/cement render to comply to BS 5262 with waterproof additive on 100mm block K value 0.16 light weight block (Aircrete, Celcon solar, Topblock Toplight Standard). Fully fill the cavity with 85mm Dritherm32 cavity insulation as manufactures spec. Innerleaf to be 100mm block K value 0.16 light weight block (Aircrete, Celcon solar, Topblock toplight standard). Internal finish to be 12.5 mm plasterboard on dabs. Walls to be built with 1:1:6 cement mortar.

TIMBER FRAME WALL To achieve minimum U Value of 0.28W/m²K 102mm facing brick to match existing with 50mm vented and drained cavity tied to breathable membrane (having a vapour resistance of not more than 0.6 MNs/g) on 12mm thick WPD external quality plywood sheathing (or other approved). Ply fixed to treated timber frame studs constructed using 100mm x 50mm treated timbers with head & sole plates and noggins at 400mm ctrs or to s/engineers details & calculations. Insulation between and over studs, 100mm Celotex FR4000 between and 37.5mm Celotex PL4000 insulated plaster board with VCL over studs. Finished with 3mm skim coat of finishing plaster. All junctions to have water tight construction, seal all perimeter joints with tape internally and with silicon sealant externally.

RAINWATER DRAINAGE New rainwater goods to be new 110mm upvc half round gutters taken and connected into 68mm dia upvc downpipes. Rainwater taken to new soakaway, situated a min distance of 5.0m away from any building, via 110mm dia upvc pipes surrounded in 150mm granular fill. Soakaway to be min of 1 cubic metre capacity (or to depth to Local Authorities approval) with suitable granular fill with geotextile surround to prevent migration of fines. If necessary carry out a porosity test to determine design and depth of soakaway.

BLOCK AND BEAM FLOOR VENTILATION Provide cross ventilation of the under floor to outside air by ventilators in at least 2 opposite external walls of the building. Ventilation openings having an opening area of 1500 mm² per metre run of perimeter wall or 500mm² per square metre of floor area, whichever is the greater.

Concise Construction Notes like these can be added to your Building Regulations Specification in just a few clicks within the Web Apps!

Adding a Timber Suspended Floor Note to a Specification

More help and guidance, including advice on advanced functions, please see the Further Info Guide.

To begin compiling your Building Regulations Specification, choose either House Extension, New Build, Flat Conversion, Loft Conversion, Garage Conversion or Garage Build.

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House Extensions Guidance

When compiling Building Regulations Notes for House Extensions, bear in mind that Building Control or your Approved Inspector will want to see a comprehensive list of Building Specifications including floor type (eg solid floor), roof construction, wall type and construction, and foundation type.

The House Extensions Specifications should include notes covering aspects of Fire Safety such as smoke detection, and Escape Windows from First Floor Rooms, where applicable.

Structural Calculations and Details should also be included as part of the Building Control / Approved Inspector Submission.

Work through the categories on the left side of our House Extensions App to make sure you have included necessary specifications.

You should always check with your Building Control Officer or Approved Inspector for guidance regarding any additional details that may be required.

Loft Conversions Guidance

As well as notes for standard construction details, Loft Conversions Specifications should include notes for:

  • Provisions for Means of Escape in Case of Fire
  • Dormer Walls and Roofs
  • Upgrading of existing external walls, party walls and roofs
  • Dwarf / Ashlar Walls
  • Stairs
  • Upgrading of internal floors for fire resistance

Work through the categories on the left side of our Loft Conversions App to make sure you have included necessary specifications.

Structural Calculations and Details should also be included as part of the Building Control / Approved Inspector Submission.

Check with your Building Control Officer or Approved Inspector for guidance regarding additional details that may be required.

Garage Conversions Guidance

In addition to the Building Regulations notes for the standard construction details, Garage Conversions Specifications should include notes for:

  • New Infill External Walls
  • Upgrading existing external walls
  • Upgrade party walls and roofs, if required
  • Upgrading of existing floors including thermal and damp upgrade

Work through the categories on the left-hand panel of our Garage Conversions App to make sure you have included necessary building specifications.

You should always check with your Local Authority Building Control Officer or Approved Inspector for guidance regarding any additional details that may be required.

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