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Basements for Dwellings

Basements for Dwellings

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British Cement AssociationNational House-Building Council
The Building Regulations 1991APPROVED DOCUMENT
Basements for dwellings
 
 Acknowledgements
This publication was produced by the British Cement Association under a Department of theEnvironment research contract, with the National House-Building Council as the principal sponsor.The BCA is grateful to the above sponsors, to the Steering Group which directed the preparation of this publication and for the contribution from members of the Basement Development Group as wellas all those who provided comments on the draft at the public comment stage. Particular thanks goto those involved with the research contractor,
Tecnicom
, in the preparation and production of thispublication.
Steering Group:
British Cement AssociationDepartment of the Environment Institute of Building ControlNational House-Building Council
Basement Development Group:
 Association of Building Engineers Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Products AssociationBritish Cement AssociationBritish Structural Waterproofing AssociationBovis HomesB Keyworth, ArchitectsBuilding Research Establishment House Builders FederationInstitute of Building ControlInstitute of Clerks of WorksMortar Producers AssociationNational House-Building CouncilReady-mixed Concrete BureauTecnicomZurich Municipal
Principal Sponsor:
National House-Building CouncilBuildmark House, Chiltern Avenue Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AP
Many construction activities are potentially dangerous, so care is needed at all times. Current legislation requires all personsto consider the effects of their actions or lack of action on the health and safety of themselves and others. Advice on safetylegislation may be obtained from any area offices of the Health and Safety Executive.48.062Published byFirst published 1997
British Cement Association
ISBN 0 7210 1508 5Century House, Telford AvenuePrice group GCrowthorne, Berks RG45 6YS© British Cement Association 1997Telephone (01344) 762676Fax (01344) 761214 All advice or information from the British Cement Association is intended for those who will evaluate the significance andlimitations of its contents and take responsibility for its use and application. No liability (including that for negligence) for anyloss resulting from such advice or information is accepted. Readers should note that all BCA publications are subject torevision from time to time and should therefore ensure that they are in possession of the latest version.
 
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APPROVED DOCUMENTBASEMENTS FOR DWELLINGS
ContentsB RegsPagePart 
Use of guidance2
1
Introduction3
2
Site preparation and resistance to moisture
C
4 Appendix 2A -Selecting a construction and waterproofing system7
3
Structure
 A 
18 Appendix 3A -Masonry retaining walls27 Appendix 3B -In-situ concrete retaining walls32 Appendix 3C -Foundations of plain and reinforced concrete35 Appendix 3D -Codes, Standards and references for requirements A1 and A240
4
Fire safety
B
41
5
Conservation of fuel and power
49 Appendix 5A -Tables for determining the thickness of insulation required toachieve given U-values53 Appendix 5B -Calculation methods for determining the U-value andinsulation requirements for walls and floors of basements60
6
 Ventilation
F
66
7
Resistance to the passage of sound
E
68
8
Stairs, ramps and guards
70
9
Glazing - materials and protection
N
72
10
Drainage and waste disposal
H
74
11
Heat producing appliances
 J
78
12
 Vehicle access80Standards and other documents referred to81
Crown copyright material reproduced by permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office
 APPROVED DOCUMENT – BASEMENTS FOR DWELLINGS

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