New Approved Document R

The new Approved Document R has now been published, and comes into force 1st January 2017. This seeks to transpose the European requirement for in-building infrastructure into the UK system of Building Regulations. The European requirement is triggered by the submission of a “building permit”, which is already a feature of the UK’s approach under Building Regulations in the form of a full plans submission or building notice made to a Building Control Body. All new housing developments, commercial buildings, schools, retail and other buildings will be required to have inbuilding infrastructure to enable connections to broadband speeds in excess of 30 Mbit/s.