A consultation document on the first proposed changes to the Building Regulations has been released. This covers uplift to standards of Part L and changes to Part F.
This uplift is the first step in achieving the Future Homes Standards as defined by the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).
The consultation sets out two options to uplift energy efficiency standards and requirements:
Under the proposed changes the following applies:
The Developer will be required to issue photographic evidence during construction of six basic thermal elements for each plot:
The proposals wish to reduce poor air quality within dwellings by reviewing SAP guidance and the drive to improve air tightness through carbon emission incentives.
A key change is the proposal to mandate Air Tightness Testing in all new dwellings. This will align with Part F changes, demonstrate that the dwelling was air tight and remove the exemption for small developments.
The underlying assumptions on ventilation rates have been assessed and favour a performance-based ventilation approach, following Appendix B of the draft Approved Document. In order to better monitor indoor air pollutants there is a consideration of different pollutants following guidance from Public Health England (PHE).
There will be a new transitional process, stopping Building Control Initial Notices covering large schemes, from delaying the proposed Part L uplift for the full period of the build.
The key implications of the changes will be:
The Part L uplift is a steppingstone for the Government's 'The Future Homes Standard' which is programmed for 2025.
If you have any questions regarding the above please contact Stroma Built Environment on 01924 237 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation on how the above will affect your business.
Please review the full Part L consultation here