Govt commission research into user experience of Building Regulations Part B and Part M

The Government is seeking the industry’s view on the Building Regulations Approved Documents – essentially it wants to know how easy they are to use.

NBS Research has been commissioned to undertake a survey on behalf of the Department of Communities & Local Government (CLG) with a view to making the documents a more user friendly experience.

In particular, the research is to explore how two Approved Documents in particular are being used, namely Part B, which covers Fire Safety, and Part M which concerns Access to and Use of Buildings.

The survey, which should be completed by anyone who uses approved documents either regularly or occasionally, is focussed not on the content of the Approved Documents and the technical guidance they provide on achieving compliance but instead on the current style and format of the documents, and how easy they are to use.

There are more than two million free downloads of the Building Regulations Approved Documents each year, CLG said.

Results of the research will be used to inform future improvements and updates to the Approved Documents, so the department is seeking feedback from as many architects, engineers, contractors, designers, manufacturers, consultants, self-builders, building control officers and approved inspectors as possible.

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