Approved document A: How to comply with building regulations for structure

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Approved Document A is designed to ensure your building is structurally sound (Image credit: SolStock/Getty Images)

Approved Document A of the building regulations focuses on safety and covers all structural elements of buildings, helping to alleviate any concerns you may have if you're building a house or extending your home.

Set in place to make sure the construction work is done properly and that the finished building is structurally stable and safe to live in, Approved Document A is there to provide helpful guidance about how to comply with the regulations.

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson has worked as a construction professional for over 30 years and following an extensive career in housebuilding. He is currently chief operating officer for Custom Build Homes and chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association. He previously worked as managing director for Potton, helping self builders build their own homes.

Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in housebuilding and timber building system manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and project management.

He regularly shares his knowledge at Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and and coaches self builders about how to build their own homes. Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.

He is also Vice Chair of industry body, the Structural Timber Association.