Building regulations

Glass for new builds, refurbishments and basic glazing replacements in the UK must comply with the relevant Building Regulations.

Wherever glass is used in buildings, whether it’s for a new build, a refurbishment or a basic glazing replacement, the way the glass is manufactured, supplied and installed must comply with Building Regulations. These are set to ensure that the application and use of glass is safe and/or energy efficient. There are many different building regulations to adhere to, which define the right glass and glazing for its given intention. Ensuring that the right glass is used is the responsibility of the end user. Below are links to download the most up-to-date Approved Building Regulation Documents for England, along with a summary to advise how these affect the glass used in the application.

There are many different building regulation parts to adhere to which define the right glass and glazing for its given intention. Ensuring that the right glass is used is the responsibility of the end user. For example, having your windows replaced in your home means that the glazing must comply with many building regulation requirements, ensuring safety where applicable and energy efficiency. Ensuring that building control is informed of the change is vital and should be kept on record to identify that compliance is met if you should decide to sell or move on from your home. Insufficient evidence of Building Regulation compliance could leave you in a difficult position when it comes to selling your house.

Navigating Building Regulation documents can be daunting. Below are links to the most up to date documents, as well as guidance on the specification of glass and glazing in buildings and the current levels of compliance you are required to meet for your home or project.

Which documents apply to where?

Building Regulations apply to all countries in the UK & Ireland. However, the responsibility for these regulations differs between countries. For example, in England, Communities and Local Government are responsible for Building Regulations, whereas in Scotland, the Scottish Executive regulates the requirements through the Scottish Building Standards Agency. For the main part, the current performance requirements in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are the same, but this looks destined to change, based on the response to recent regulation consultations. To find out which document applies to which country, you can download the literature from the bottom of the page.

Here you will find links to the approved documents for each country:

England - Communities and Local Government

Wales - Welsh Government Approved Documents

Scotland - Scottish Executive, Scottish Building Standards Agency - New 1st October 2015

Republic of Ireland - Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government

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