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  1. Hi, I'm looking for some advice in relation to building regulation compliance for outbuildings. I'm looking to build a garden office of over 15m2 but less than 30m2 it will be sited within 1m of our boundary on 3 sides. I understand that while this does not need to be compliant with full building regulations the building must be non-combustible due to proximity to the boundaries. I'd like to understand what would need to be done to make the building fire resistant. My plan is to construct the building using a timber frame or SIPs. Are these completely non compliant since they are combustible materials or is it more about the external cladding, which in this case would be sheet steel to the 3 sides facing the boundary and composite / Canadian red cedar to the front. I've seen similar issues posted on this forum but nothing conclusive on what level of fire proofing or is required in this situation. Many thanks in advance
  2. I've installed standard door linings to first floor bedrooms and plans are approved without need of fire doors. But new BCO is insisting that because I've put a staircase in to reach the loft space, then this now means all first floor doors opening to stairwell need to be rated FD30. Loft space is a mix of plant room and a gym/kids play room so not classified as habitable space. But BCO is arguing that it could be turned into bedroom space in future and hence I need to comply with regs for haitable space just in case. I'm at first fix stage so linings are in and plasterboard is nearly complete. I can add FD30 doors no problem but is there any way to upgrade the frame? Or must these be replaced? Or can I just argue that approved plans are for non habitable space and any change of use would need to address FD30 requirements in the future? Any ideas welcome.
  3. Hello, We have insulated the whole of our 1940 house from the inside using rigid fibreglass bats and plasterboard. Its previous insulation value was very poor in solid brick. We are on the last room which has a large stone fireplace with a wood-burning stove in it, on an external wall. We use this in winter but not everyday. I do not want this to be a cold spot when not in use and a huge heat loss when it is in use. I have about 4 to 6 inches to play with and still maintain a good air gap behind the stove but I am not sure what materials to use for both maximum efficiency and fire safety. What suggestions do members have for this scenario? I should add that it has a flue pipe through to the top of the chimney with a proper watertight top plate and an insulated one at the bottom. Advice would be most appreciated
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