Changes to the Building Regulations
New Approved Document R – Physical infrastructure for high speed electronic communications networks.
The Government has made a Manifesto commitment to ensure that, from 2017, 95% of the UK has access to superfast broadband1. The Government is committed to making sure that the benefits of improved broadband services are felt by as many homes and businesses in the UK as possible. Improved superfast broadband availability will serve to reinforce the UK’s position as a leading digital economy.
The Government has proposed that Building Regulations are used in England to meet the requirements of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive and to issue technical guidance in a new statutory Approved Document.
The new R1 requirement will come into effect from 1st of January 2017 and will mean that all new buildings and existing buildings, which are subject to major renovation, must be equipped with a high-speed-ready, in-building physical infrastructure, up to a termination point for high-speed electronic communication networks.
A building will meet R1 so long as it is designed and constructed so that high-speed electronic communications networks can be installed in the future.
The requirement applies to both new dwellings and to buildings other than dwellings (except those buildings which are stated in the regulations as being exempt).
This new addition to the building regulations will mean that in future copper or fibre – optic cables or wireless devices capable of delivering broadband speeds of over 30 Mbps, can be installed into buildings.
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