Last chance to comment on Building Regulation changes

A consultation on changes to Parts L and F of the Building Regulations, due to come into force in 2010, closes on the 17th September. These changes will mean stricter energy efficiency and ventilation standards for domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Posted on 1 September 2009

A Government consultation on changes to energy efficiency (Part L – Conservation of Fuel and Power) and ventilation (Part F – Means of Ventilation) sections of the Building Regulations will shortly close. This consultation, which ends on the 17th September, sets out the proposed changes that are planned to come into force in 2010.

The consultation proposes a range of measures, including a strategy for training and dissemination, designed to further improve the levels of compliance and performance in buildings.

The proposed changes follow the release by Government in July 2007 of its ‘Building a Greener Future - Policy Statement’ which stated that new homes will be net zero carbon from 2016. As steps to achieving this target, energy efficiency standards for new homes are to be improved by 25 per cent in 2010 and 44 per cent in 2013 relative to current 2006 standards.

The Government also wants to introduce improved energy efficiency standards for new non-domestic buildings, and in its 2008 Budget announced an ambition for all new non-domestic development to be net zero carbon from 2019. The consultation proposes a similar phased improvement beginning with 25 per cent in 2010 and plan to consult on the further trajectory towards zero carbon new non-domestic buildings later this year.

Government is also committed to addressing the energy efficiency of existing buildings and the consultation therefore proposes appropriate changes to the requirements when people elect to carry out building work to existing buildings.

When the proposed energy efficiency standards in Part L are strengthened in 2010 there is likely to be a tendency to more airtight buildings. It is therefore necessary to propose changes to Part F of the Building Regulations at the same time to ensure adequate means of ventilation is provided.

Details of the consultation can be found here.

Posted under Environmental Regulations and Legislation and Construction on 1 September 2009