Write an article on The purpose of Building Standards. It needs to be at least 9000 words.
In the UK, over one third of the carbon dioxide emissions come from buildings. The emission of carbon dioxide is very harmful to the environment and in order to protect the ozone layer we have to emphasise the importance of standards. Building Standards are fundamental to the health and safety of us all. In this regard the authorities are working hard to ensure that standards are achieved and continuously improved. Compliance and enforcement has become new issues as standards are being adapted to keep abreast with design, technology, materials and construction, as well as energy conservation issues.
However, there has been increasing concerns with regards to the level of compliance, frequency, pace and increasing complexity of these changes. Construction standards have evolved overtime with frequent and more complex Building Regulations since the 1990’s. These changes relate to: Structure of buildings, Fire safety to both dwelling houses and other buildings, Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture. Toxic substances. Resistance to the passage of sound. Ventilation. Hygiene. Drainage and waste disposal. Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems. Guidance and Supplementary Information on the UK Implementation of European Standards for Chimneys and Flues. Conservation of fuel and power to existing dwelling houses, other buildings, new dwelling houses and other new buildings. access to and use to buildings. Glazing – safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning.