England & Wales Building Regulations: Part B Vol 2 fire safety: Buildings other than dwellinghouses - A summary of the amendments (Version 2)

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The 2006 edition of Approved Document B (ADB) contains some relatively minor changes from the 2002 version although these will have some significant impacts in particular areas. For example it requires building designers to formulate realistic fire safety management philosophies / plans as part of the building control process, to enable the first occupants to meet the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. It does not, however, present a radical change in approach or performance standard to fire safety regulation.

This Construction Briefing is a summary of the changes made to Part B of the England & Wales Building Regulations; it gives a section by section breakdown of each of the changes with an accompanying commentary from TRADA.

This sheet also explains the procedures which have been put in place to help create a smoother transition.


  • Transitional procedures
  • Summary of amendments made in 2006 edition
    • General
    • Introduction
    • Section B1
    • Section B3
    • Section B4
    • Section B5

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