The inquest into the July 2009 Lakanal House fire, in which six people lost their lives, heard that even the experts disagreed on the interpretation of Approved Document B.
The coroner’s “Section 43” letter to the then communities secretary Eric Pickles recommended a review of Approved Document B to improve usability which recieved much press attention in November 2015. See this article
In response DCLG (the Department for Communities and Local Government) have commsioned NBS to undertake research about the usability of the Approved Documents (particularly Parts B and M).
DCLG will use the findings to guide the development, style and format of future Approved Documents.
The survey explores how you use the Approved Documents and what changes you would like to see. The survey also explores what other resources you use to comply with the Building Regulations in England.
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. The survey is detailed, so that DCLG have the level of information they need to develop the Approved Documents in the way users want. As a thank you for completing the survey you will be entered into a prize draw. The winner of the draw will receive a £100 John Lewis Gift Voucher or a donation of the same value to a charity of their choice (terms and conditions apply).