Types of building
The word ‘building’ is commonly considered to refer to an enclosed structure within which people can perform activities. The Building Regulations suggest that the word 'building' refers to: ‘...any permanent or temporary building but not any other kind of structure or erection’. For more information see: Construction works.
There are many ways of classifying types of building, including:
- Construction type.
- Design (for example, form, structure etc).
- Performance (for example, energy consumption, accessibility etc).
- Legal definition.
- Nature of occupancy / ownership.
This article presents a list of common types of building alphabetically (rather than by any one type of classification) with links to articles providing further information. To add to the list, click ‘Edit this article’ above.
- A frame house.
- Affordable housing.
- Assembly and recreation building.
- Commercial building.
- Council housing.
- Custom build home.
- Double fronted building.
- Earth building (see also Earthen construction).
- Fabric structures.
- Geodesic dome.
- High-rise building.
- Houses in multiple occupation.
- Housing association.
- Industrial buildings.
- Intermediate housing.
- Kit house.
- Meanwhile use.
- Mixed use development.
- Modular buildings.
- Multi-storey building.
- Nineteenth century building types.
- Non-residential institution.
- Public building.
- Residential building.
- Residential institution.
- Secure residential institution.
- Self build home.
- Sheltered housing.
- Single-storey building.
- Social housing.
- Speculative development.
- Storage building.
- Sui generis.
- Temporary and interim building types.
- Terraced house.
- Twisting buildings.
- Types of dwelling.
- Zero carbon building.
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