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Loft Conversion Handbook

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Home Extension Design Pages:176 Publisher: RIBA Publishing Imprint: RIBA Enterprises Date Published: 31/03/2018 Stock Code: 89130 ISBN 9781859467190 Binding: Paperback This book is an easy-to-use handbook, packed with information and illustrations to aid understanding, providing architects and builders and homeowners with up-to-date guidance on managing loft conversions and ensuring they achieve compliance with the Building Regulations. Converting a loft into an additional room, or habitable space is an exciting project, but one that demands a firm grasp of a range of practicalities and technicalities. This handbook explains the whole exercise of converting a loft space into an additional room, starting with the planning application and moving step by step through to completion of the project. It brings together solutions offered in the Approved Documents and third tier guidance, such as industry literature, in one concise and fully illustrated guide. Starting with chapters on the existing structure, the guide is then divided into chapters on the main considerations for a loft conversion, covering topics such as fire safety, windows and doors, and insulation. This is an essential read for anyone looking for a guide which simplifies the building regulations process and offers solutions, where applicable, to achieve minimum, good practice and advanced construction standards. Price: £30.00

CONTENTS

Foreword

Before the Project Starts
Planning and development control
Building regulations
Party wall Act 1996
Covenants
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
Bats

The Existing Building
Conversion feasibility
Loft space and roof
The existing foundations
Alterations to foundations
Load bearing walls
Cracking and associated damage
Chimneys and flues
Historical alterations to a building
Floors
Pitched roofs
Flat roofs and balconies
Roof drainage
Roof insulation
Ventilation and roof spaces (cold roofs)
Thermal bridging
Services

Proposed Structure
Traditional roofs
TDA roofs
Trussed rafter roofs
Attic or room-in-roof trusses
Notching and drilling
Wall construction

Stairs
Stairwell opening
Headroom
Stair construction
Other staircase options

Windows and Doors
Sun pipes

Drainage
Foul drainage
Rainwater drainage

Fire Safety
Fire detection and fire alarm systems
Means of escape in case of fire
Fire doors
compartmentation
Building fabric (unprotected areas
Load-bearing elements

Insulation
Insulation materials
Multi-foil insulation
Elements to consider
External walls
Separating walls
Flat roof
Pitched roof - insulation at rafter level
Pitched -roof - insulation at ceiling level

Sound
Existing structure
New floor
Separating walls
New internal walls
New window and roof windows

Ventilation
Roof
Habitable rooms
Bath/shower or WC
Other options

Heating, Electrical and Lighting
Heating and hot water
Electrical
Lighting

Sustainability
Energy performance certificates
Microgeneration certificate scheme
Energy efficiency
Renewable energy systems
Water conservation
Green roofs

Applications for Building Regulation
Application forms
Notifying the BCB about pprogress


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