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The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has issued the amended version of Approved Documents A and C. This note summarises the key amendments and provides commentary on the proposed changes.
The document outlining the changes to Approved Documents A and C is available below.
'There are generally no requirements in the UK to consider seismic loading, and the whole of the UK may be considered an area of very low seismicity in which the provisions of BS EN 1998 need not apply. However, certain types of structure, by reason of their function, location or structural form, may warrant an explicit consideration of seismic actions.’
This is considered an improvement on the Approved Document wording and gives emphasis again to the need for a risk assessed approach for all structures (2,3).