Warranty Position Regulatory Position and Guidance Exemptions Does B4 still apply?
Green indicates we consider our position best practice and not in dispute Grey items cover the December 2018 Amendments, Approved Documents and MHCLG's own FAQs and advice notes Green indicates that the item IS exempt from Regulation 7(2), in accordance with Regulation 7(3) Green indicates that B4 still applies, and refers to relevant parts
Yellow indicates our position has the potential to be subjective   Red indicates that the item is NOT exempt. Refer to Regulation 7(3) Red shows that B4 no longer applies


Warranty Position

Definition: Pre-cast concrete panels i.e. Walls where one or both of the inner and outer skins are pre-cast concrete.

Regulation 7(2) applies to all external walls (as defined in regulation 2(6)) of relevant buildings (as defined in regulation 7(4)). This includes constructions where the provisions in diagram 34 in section 9 of Approved Document B volume 2, 2013 related to masonry wall cavities applies.

Requirement: Approved Document B (2019) 10.6 "Where regulation 7(2) applies, that regulation prevails over all the provisions in this paragraph."

All materials forming part of the masonry wall to achieve combustibility class A2-s1, or better, unless they are exempt within 7(3).

Is the position indisputable? Yes.

December 2018 Amendment

Reference: None.

Reference titles: None.

Approved Document

Reference title(s): 10.6.

Reference: Materials and products.

MHCLG FAQS / Advice Notes

Reference: Section 3.

Reference title(s): "This includes constructions where the provisions in diagram 34 in section 9 of Approved Document B volume 2"


Is the item exempt from Regulation 7(2), in accordance with Regulation 7(3)?: No.

Reference: None.

Statement: None.

If exempt, are there any restrictions on the use of the system, component or material given in the guidance in ADB vol 2? None.

Does B4 still apply?

YesReference: B4-(1)

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