According to the Approved Document to part L1 (which is only a
recommendation anyway) :
c) insulating the hot pipes connected to hot
water storage vessels, including the vent pipe,
and the primary flow and return to the heat
exchanger, where fitted, to the standard in b)
above for at least 1 metre from their points of
connection (or they should be insulated up to
the point where they become concealed).
Presumably in an attempt to cover up the poor workmanship.
I wouldn't hold BG up as a shining example of good working practices
or interest in the wellbeing, financial or otherwise of the consumer.
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Latest nonsense I have seen (in Scotland) was a new house where
Building Control insisted that all entrances be "accessible". So they
have a whacking great ramp leading to their patio doors. It is
unlikely to survive issue of the completion certificate by very long.
Am interested to know how far back would one have been expected to
obtain Building Notices?
We've lived in an old Victorian house for 20+ years and in the first
5years installed a boiler, had rsj's put in where structural walls
needed removing, windows installed and have even had the roof
reinforced. All major works were designed/supervised by a qualified
Structural Engineer - but the Council were never involved; never heard
of these things before now. Is this likely to affect us being able to
sell the house - which we hope to do next year?
Aiden - I'll have a go at answering this although someone more knowledgeable,
Tony or Hugo for instance, might know better.
There is no legal obligation to comply with new regulations or changes brought
in after the work has been completed. National Building Regulations were first
introduced in 1966. They certainly included structural stability, and the
requirements for this aspect have not changed since then, or only very little.
But the regs for unvented HW & CH systems I think applied from 1992 and the regs
for replacement windows and boilers were introduced in April last year. If you
had this work done prior to these dates you can truthfully say on the
solicitor's enquiry form that Building Regs did not apply. Reinforcing your
roof structure does not require Building Regs approval unless it was done as
part of a larger project.
So, of the items you mention, probably only the removal of structural walls
should have had permission at the time. Strictly speaking you should submit a
Regulating Building Notice (with a slightly increased fee) and allow the BCO to
come and inspect the work and your drawings and calcs. You may need to expose
small areas for inspection if necessary. If all is well, and it sounds like it,
then you should receive a formal Approval Notice, and this will put you in the
clear when you come to sell.
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