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Last edited 10 Sep 2020
Whereas an ‘occupiable room’ is:
‘…a room in a building other than a dwelling that is occupied by people, such as an office, workroom, classroom or hotel bedroom, but not a bathroom, sanitary accommodation, utility room or rooms or spaces used solely or principally for circulation, building services plant or storage purposes.
- Approved document B, Fire Safety, Volume 2, Buildings other than dwellinghouses (2019 edition), defines a habitable room as: 'A room used, or intended to be used, for people to live in (including, for the purposes of Approved Document B Volumes 1 and 2, a kitchen, but not a bathroom).'
- Approved document M1, Access to and use of buildings: dwellings, defines a habitable room as: 'A room used, or intended to be used, for dwelling purposes, including a kitchen but not a bathroom or utility room.'
- The English Housing Survey Housing Stock Report, 2014-15, prepared by the Department of Communities and Local Government, defines a habitable room as: 'A room in the dwelling that offers ‘living accommodation’. Includes bedrooms, kitchens if there is additional space to provide a dining area large enough to accommodate a table and chairs (typically an area of 2m² in addition to kitchen space). A fully converted room in the loft space is classified as a habitable room even if it can only be reached by a fixed ladder or unsafe staircase.' This definition is repeated in The English Housing Survey, Profile and condition of the English housing stock, 2018-19, Published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in August 2020.
- The Scottish Building Standards refer to a 'principal habitable room' in relation to the provision of fire detection and fire alarm systems. They define a principal habitable room as ‘…a frequently used room by the occupants of a dwelling for general daytime living purposes.’
- The Home Quality Mark defines a habitable room as ‘…a room used for home purposes, but which is not solely a kitchen, utility room, bathroom, cellar or sanitary accommodation.’ Ref Home Quality Mark One, Technical Manual SD239, England, Scotland & Wales, published by BRE in 2018. http://www.homequalitymark.com/standard
- BREEAM UK New Construction, Non-domestic Buildings (United Kingdom), Technical Manual, SD5078: BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 3.0, published by BRE Global Limited suggest that in relation to acoustic performance; '...habitable rooms include any room where individuals will sit or lie down and require a reasonably quiet environment in which to concentrate or rest. Such rooms are bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, studies as well as kitchen-dining and kitchen-living rooms.'
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