If your cabin does not need planning permission (see Planning Permission ) and is less than than 30 square metres in area, then it does not need building regulation approval. If planning permission is required, or the building is larger than 30 square metres, then you will need building regulation approval.
This is not as onerous as it sounds as Scandinavian Log Cabins have a partnering agreement with 'Local Authority Building Control' who carry out most of the UK building regulation inspections and who are already familiar with our designs and can 'fast track' your application with your local inspecting authority. Ask your representative for further details.
Note: Our houses are designed to Swedish Building Standards which are often higher than the United Kingdom's (ask your building inspector what a 'Snow Zone' is!).
As a rough guide to what is involved here are the areas of regulation and how a house supplied by us relates to them:
B Fire safety
C Site preparation and resistance to moisture
D Toxic substancesNone of our buildings are supplied with UF foam insulation.
E Resistance to the passage of sound
H Drainage and waste disposal
J Chimneys and flues
As with documents G & H, we do not supply heating appliances. It is the buyers responsibility to ensure they are installed by a competent engineer. All houses are approved for use with most heating appliances fitted with a suitable chimney/flue arrangement.
K Protection from falling, collision & impact
L1 Conservation of fuel and powerInsulation to the following U values are provided
The heating system is not included in the delivery and is the responsibility of the installer. Our homes are suitable for most types of heating methods. Whilst we do not make specific recommendations, generally the heat requirement of one of our cabins is so low that an alternative method of heating to gas or electricity could be considered, such as a wood burning stoveThe electrical system including lighting is not included in the delivery and is the responsibility of the installer.
All information on the building construction is provided in the instruction manual to which the water, heating & electrical systems should be appended. A calculation of the SAP rating is provided together with the carbon index, but as this varies with the heat source used figures cannot be given here. Generally wooden houses have a Breeam rating of 'Very good' to 'Excellent' depending on heat source and other factors.
L2 Conservation of fuel and Power - Commercial
Similar to L1 with additional requirements for limiting of solar heating and air conditioning installations.
M Access to and use of buildings
This can be the most contentious of all the regulations as it incorporates all the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, the contents of which are often open to interpretation. Currently it is only a requirement for commercial buildings, but many of the necessary features are already available for disabled home owners during the design phase. If you have a particular requirement in this area we would be delighted to hear from you.
P Electrical safety
Regulation 7 Materials and workmanship
This is a catch-all requirement that all materials are adequate, appropriate and applied in a workmanlike manner. Certainly all materials supplied by us are, but care should be taken when providing your own materials. Always read instructions for use and make sure only certified suppliers are used. If in doubt contact our support line for further information. Where using builders, make sure they are approved for the type of work they will be carrying out. This includes erection where use of unapproved erectors may also invalidate your guarantee.