Building Legislation and Historic Buildings: A Guide to the Application of the Building Regulations, the Public Health Acts, the Fire Precautions ACT
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Can the Building Regulations 1985 and other legislation be applied to historic buildings without harming their character? What kinds of solution might be acceptable to the controlling authorities for particular building types? How can the conflicting demands of safety and amenity on the one hand, and architectural character on the other be reconciled? These are the problems tackled by this unique technical guide. All legislation impinging upon historic buildings is covered - the Building Regulations 1985, the Public Health Acts, the Fire Precautions Act, the Housing Acts, and much more. After examining the legislation itself, the book shows how to liaise with the relevant authorities. Twenty-nine case studies (covering twelve different building types) illustrate design solutions that were found acceptable by the authorities in various parts of the country, and were selected for their relevance to a wide range of problems.
Alan Parnell is a qualified architect, interior designer and fire engineer with many years' experience in private practice and a specialist knowledge of the Building Regulations and of the re-cycling of historic buildings.