- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 20 Jun 2017
Approved document 7
The building regulations establish standards to be achieved in the construction of buildings. Approved documents provide guidance for how the building regulations can be satisfied in common situations.
The latest edition, updated to reflect changes in the Construction Products Regulations, was published on 3 January 2013 and came into force on 1 July 2013. It applies to building works in England.
Regulation 7 requires that building work is carried out:
- With adequate and proper materials which:
- Are appropriate for the circumstances in which they are used,
- Are adequately mixed or prepared, and
- Are applied, used or fixed so as adequately to perform the functions for which they are designed; and
- In a workmanlike manner.
The approved document's contents include:
- Continuing control.
- Interaction with other legislation.
- Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations.
- Performance and limitations.
- Section 1: Materials.
- Ways of establishing the fitness of materials.
- Short-lived materials.
- Materials susceptible to changes in their properties.
- Section 2: Workmanship.
- Ways of establishing the adequacy of workmanship.
- Appendix 1: Key terms.
- Appendix BP Standards referred to.
- Appendix C: Documents referred to.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can go some way to show the impact of new buildings on their surroundings.
The shortlist for the 2018 prize for the UK's best new building is revealed.
Amendment to Bill aims to provide councils with greater powers to increase tax premiums on empty homes.
As the latest summer blockbuster 'Skyscraper' is released, we look at some of the best uses of buildings in film.
Read our introductory article on how to layout a building.
New cross-party report calls for combustible cladding ban to be extended to all high-rise residential buildings.
Dr Nicholas Falk, director of the URBED Trust, explains why metro cities are the future of urbanisation.
From next week, UK firms can bid for a share of a £12.5m fund to boost productivity, performance and quality.
A right to light generally refers to the right to receive sufficient light through an opening.
Interference and compatibility - the effects of electromagnetic fields in the workplace.