BS 8103-1:2011 Structural design of low-rise buildings. Code of practice for stability, site investigation, foundations, precast concrete floors and ground floor slabs for housing
BS 8103-1:2011 gives recommendations for the structural design of low-rise housing and covers the stability of the structure, site investigation and foundations and ground floor slabs used in the construction. Foundations comprising strip footings or trench fill founded in normal ground are the only type described.
Low-rise housing comprises detached, semi-detached and terraced houses and flats (with not more than four self-contained dwelling units per floor accessible from one staircase), of not more than three storeys above ground intended for domestic occupation and of traditional masonry construction with timber roofs and floors of timber or concrete. For the purposes of this standard, additional habitable accommodation in the roof space constitutes a storey of the house. The recommendations also apply to certain single storey, non-residential buildings, e.g. domestic garages and annexes to residential buildings with a floor area not exceeding 36 m2. This standard does not include the design of basements but, providing the basement is of one level only and is designed to provide a firm platform at ground level, the provisions of this standard may apply to the superstructure.
Proprietary housing systems and houses of timber, steel or concrete framed construction are not covered by this standard.
The structural design recommendations described in this standard are not specifically intended to cover other considerations such as fire resistance, thermal and sound insulation, resistance to damp penetration and durability.
Contents for BS 8103-1:2011 includes:
- Normative references
- Terms and definitions and symbols
- Stability and connections between elements
- Site investigation
- Ground floor slabs
- Suspended precast concrete floors
Relationship with other publications
BS 8103 will be published in three parts:
- Part 1: Code of practice for stability, site investigation, foundations and ground floor slabs for housing
- Part 2: Code of practice for masonry walls for housing
- Part 3: Code of practice for timber floors and roofs for housing.