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The Building Regulations - to be treated with caution? In his paper ‘The Building Regulations safe span tables for timber members’ published in The Structural Engineer for 18 May, the author, Dr J. B. Bellamy, expressed reservations regarding the adequacy of some of the guidance contained therein with respect to the design of sitecut roofs. Owen Hope, of Bradfiwd, tells us that, prompted by this article, he has borrowed from an architect friend a copy of ‘The Building Regulations, explained and illustrated’. This has resulted in his casting doubt on the validity or adequacy of the treatment accorded therein to a number of other matters: The timber tables are very comprehensive but fraught with traps for the unwary. There is no mention of trimmer beams, continuous spans, etc. Verulam