A loft conversion will require you to adhere to building regulations to ensure safety. There are certain parts of the building regulations that you need to focus on when dealing with a loft conversion. The most important will be Parts L and K of the building regulations.
Part L of the building regulations will demand certain value targets in terms of thermal efficiency. These targets will need to be met by your loft conversion before approval will be provided. This means that you will need to minimise the loss of heat through the roof, floors and walls of the loft conversion. Fortunately, this can easily be done using modern insulation.
When you are looking at a loft conversion, you should look for insulation that is space efficient. However, you also need to ensure that the insulation meets with health safety standards and the building regulations in terms of fire safety. This will be outlined in Part B of the building regulations which covers all aspects of fire safety.
The second part of the building regulations that you have to be aware of with a loft conversion is Part K. This part will set measure to prevent collisions, falling and impact. This means that the regulations for the loft conversion will demand a minimum headroom of 2 meters in all of the escape routes which includes the stairs.
If you are going to have a sloping roof as part of your loft conversion, you will need to take this into account when looking at Part K. The sloping roof will change the height of the headroom at the edges of the stairway to 1.8 meters instead of 2 meters. However, it is important to note that the centre of the flight of stairs will need to be 2 meters.
While Part L and K are the ones that you need to focus on along with Part B, you also need to be aware of Part P. Part P will refer to the electrical safety of the loft conversion and is generally seen as very important for safety reasons. If you want to easily adhere to this part of the building regulations, you should look at hiring a certified electrician to complete all the electrical work.
A certified electrician will understand what the building regulations are for a loft conversion. They will also understand the general safety regulations when it comes to the electrical system in your home.