At Build Build Build we provide you with almost everything you need to know, but if you're thirsty for more information, the links below are invaluable to even the most seasoned Build Build Builders!
Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. The regulations are developed by the UK government and approved by Parliament.
The Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extension of buildings and these regulations are supported by Approved Documents. Approved Documents set out detailed practical guidance on compliance with the regulations.
Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you might need both for your project.
Party Walls and Building Work
You must tell your neighbours if you want to carry out any building work near or on your shared property boundary, or ‘party wall’, in England and Wales.
Party walls stand on the land of 2 or more owners and either:
- form part of a building
- don’t form part of a building, such as a garden wall (not wooden fences)
Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent - known as planning permission.
Without a planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area.
Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead.
Royal Institute of British Architects
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a valuable source of information ranging from 'finding the right architect for your project' to an extensive knowledge and image resource that provides ideas for your project.
For those of you who want to explore architecture further to further your Build Build Build career - you can access RIBA CPD accredited courses
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
As a globally recognised professional body, everything the RISC do is designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments.
Through their respected global standards, leading professional progression and trusted data and insight, they promote and enforce the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Their work with others provides a foundation for confident markets, pioneers better places to live and work and is a force for positive social impact.
The Institution of Structural Engineers
Structural engineers are highly skilled, creative professionals who design the strength and stability of our buildings and bridges.
The Institution leads and supports the development of structural engineering worldwide, in order to secure a safe and resilient built environment for all.
Royal Town Planning Institute
With over 25,000 members worldwide and more than 100 years of history, the RTPI is at the forefront of planning. Our members abide by the highest professional and ethical standards, which mean employers, clients and the wider public trust them.
The RTPI is an advocate for best practice in planning at all levels of government and in the international arena. We give planners a voice in shaping the planning system.
Federation of Master Builders
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry, representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is an independent, non-profit organisation, lobbying for members' interests at both the national and local level.
Master Builders can access a range of business support services to help grow, improve and protect their businesses. FMB members are professionally vetted and independently inspected on joining and can offer a warranty on all their work. To gain inspiration for your building project, and to find a Master Builder, use our free Find a Builder service.
Pyramus and Thisbe Club
The P&T seeks to advance knowledge of party wall legislation and procedure and to promote best professional practice in its application.
The Club played a pivotal role in the framing of the present Party Wall etc. Act 1996
Founded in 1974 by leading party wall surveyors, the Club is organised on a regional basis throughout England and Wales, with each branch having its own Chairman and programme of events.