When does a storage space in a loft become a habitable room and require appropriate means of escape provisions?

National House Building Council, When does a storage space in a loft become a habitable room and require appropriate means of escape provisions? In: Frequently asked questions on Building Regulations Part B: Fire Safety. TBA ed. Frequently asked questions on Building Regulations . National House Building Council, p. 1.

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Abstract

The provision of a storage space within the loft area is acceptable, however the provision of an additional floor level, to be potentially used as habitable accommodation should not be considered without providing adequate means of escape. The following factors should be considered when assessing a storage space:

1. Have the ceiling joists or attic trusses been provided

2. Have windows or veluxes been provided for light and ventilation

3. The size of the loft access hatch

4. The ventilation provision to the roof space

5. Whether power outlets have been provided in the roof space

6. Whether plasterboarding has been provided to form an enclosure

Definitive guidelines cannot be provided, but the important factor is to ensure that if the loft space can be readily and easily adapted to provide habitable accommodation, then further details and assessment will be required.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: means of escape, explanation of terms used, ventilation, external wall, potential level access shower, room, principal works, escape lighting, dwelling type, b4 external fire spread
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction > Building standards
Depositing User: admin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 16:23
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 19:43
URI: https://buildvoc.co.uk/id/eprint/992

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