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Robust Detail Approved Products

The Robust Details Certification Scheme is for separating walls and floors in new build joined houses, bungalows and flats in England and Wales.

RDL is a UKAS accredited product certification body No.4171 and certifies that stated Robust Details are capable of being used as an alternative to pre-completion sound testing (PCT) to demonstrate compliance with Requirement E1 in Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations (England and Wales).

How do I use Robust Details?

To build or design to Robust Details:

  • Select the walls and / or floors that suit your needs from the Robust Details Handbook. If you are using either the Code for Sustainable Homes or EcoHomes check the credit entitlements in the appropriate schedule
  • Remember to consult the combination tables in the Handbook if you're building apartments
  • Register each plot and its associated RD(s) that you plan to build and we will produce a Certificate which shows a unique registration number for each plot.
  • Give the Certificate (Purchase Statement) to your building control authority before starting work
  • Build exactly in accordance with the registered specifications published in the Robust Details Handbook. Each Robust Detail has its own Checklist designed to help everyone in the design and building process to do this.

Building control and Robust Details

The Building Regulations require building control authorities to impose pre-completion testing from the outset unless a Robust Details Certificate (Purchase Statement) is provided to them.

There are 3 key requirements for the correct use of the RD scheme:

  • Plots must be correctly registered
  • The registration must be notified to the relevant Building Control Body in a timely fashion (normally pre-commencement)
  • Correct construction fully in accordance with the RD Handbook

Building control authorities need to be satisfied that the building work is constructed in compliance with the relevant Robust Detail specification (s). If it is not, then they can impose pre-completion testing or other action to ensure compliance with Building Regulations.

RDL carries out testing and inspection on a sample of Robust Detail structures in dwellings under construction. This is done primarily to measure RDL's success in meeting its quality policy compliance targets. Occasionally, this monitoring identifies significant deviations from the specification and/or a failure to meet the minimum performance standards set out in Approved Document E. On these occasions, RDL informs the relevant building control authority (and builder) so that it can address the matter with the builder to ensure compliance with Building Regulations.