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Carbon monoxide alarms: should they be provided in all new dwellings?

Carbon monoxide alarms: should they be provided in all new dwellings? Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish whether the guidance on the application of the UK Building Regulations in Approved Document J should have gone further by expecting that CO alarms should be provided in all new dwellings, irrespective of their heating source. Design/methodology/approach – An attitudinal survey, using e‐mail questionnaire, was issued to selected professionals following review of current guidance. Findings – All types of combustion appliance, fuelled by all fuel sources, are a potential risk of CO poisoning in both new and existing dwellings. Research limitations/implications – The authors concentrate on the guidance given in the Approved Document only, not the reasons as to why the requirement was included in the Building Regulations for the first time. Practical implications – It is recommended that the guidance in the Approved Document should be revised to include the provision of CO alarms in all new dwellings, irrespective of their heating source. Social implications – The paper discusses an issue of potential public safety. Originality/value – The paper challenges the extent of recent changes to Building Regulations Approved Document J. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Structural Survey Emerald Publishing

Carbon monoxide alarms: should they be provided in all new dwellings?

Structural Survey , Volume 29 (5): 14 – Nov 8, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0263-080X
DOI
10.1108/02630801111182448
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish whether the guidance on the application of the UK Building Regulations in Approved Document J should have gone further by expecting that CO alarms should be provided in all new dwellings, irrespective of their heating source. Design/methodology/approach – An attitudinal survey, using e‐mail questionnaire, was issued to selected professionals following review of current guidance. Findings – All types of combustion appliance, fuelled by all fuel sources, are a potential risk of CO poisoning in both new and existing dwellings. Research limitations/implications – The authors concentrate on the guidance given in the Approved Document only, not the reasons as to why the requirement was included in the Building Regulations for the first time. Practical implications – It is recommended that the guidance in the Approved Document should be revised to include the provision of CO alarms in all new dwellings, irrespective of their heating source. Social implications – The paper discusses an issue of potential public safety. Originality/value – The paper challenges the extent of recent changes to Building Regulations Approved Document J.

Journal

Structural SurveyEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 8, 2011

Keywords: United Kingdom; Building regulations; Safety devices; Pollutant gases; Approved document ; Carbon monoxide monitors

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