Last edited 20 Oct 2020

Approved Document A

The first set of national building standards was introduced in 1965. Now known as the building regulations, they set out:

The 'approved documents' provide guidance for how the building regulations can be satisfied in common building situations. There is no obligation to adopt the solutions presented in the approved documents, the building regulations can be satisfied in other ways.

Approved Document A: Structure, was last published in 2013.

It requires buildings to be designed, constructed or altered so as to be structurally safe and robust, and so as not to impair the structural stability of other buildings. It deals with the requirements that buildings should be able to withstand dead loads, imposed loads and wind loads, as well as ground movement such as swelling, shrinkage or freezing of the subsoil, or land-slip or subsidence.

It stipulates the design standards for use on all buildings and gives simple design rules for most masonry and timber elements for traditional domestic buildings. It includes diagrams of structures such as roof frames and brick walls, and tables of material strengths.

The content of the Approved Document includes:

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