Updated Building Regulations for England + SAP 10.2 Released

The government has published its response to the Future Buildings Standard Consultation and implemented a 2021 interim uplift to the Building Regulations. This update includes
amendments to Approved Documents - Part F (ventilation) and Part L (Conservation of fuel and power), and the release of a new Approved Document for Overheating (Part O). The proposals are primarily focused on new non-domestic buildings and include policy for existing non-domestic buildings and new and existing housing.

“This marks an important step on our journey towards a cleaner, greener built environment and it supports us in our target to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.” - Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

What does this mean?

Released on Wednesday 15th December 2021, the following Government statement provides detail on the significance and impact of the updated regulations:

“The consultation response confirms that, with implementation starting from 2025, the Future Buildings Standard will produce highly efficient non-domestic buildings which use low-carbon heat and have the best fabric standards possible. No further energy efficiency retrofit work will be necessary to enable these buildings to become zero-carbon as the electricity grid continues to decarbonise. We plan to start a full technical consultation on the Future Buildings Standard in 2023.

The Government response to the Future Buildings Standard consultation also sets out that the 2021 interim uplift to the Building Regulations will deliver a meaningful and achievable 27% reduction in carbon emissions for new non-domestic buildings compared to the 2013 standard.

Together, the policies set out in the Government response to the Future Buildings Standard consultation and the policies set out in the Government response to the Future Homes Standard consultation, form the policy for the 2021 uplift to the Building Regulations.
The two-stage approach to implementing the Future Homes and Buildings Standards, with an interim uplift in 2021, is intended to provide a meaningful and achievable increase to the energy efficiency standards in the short term and support industry to prepare and position itself to build to the full Standards from 2025.

Alongside publication of the Government response to the Future Buildings Standard consultation, we have also implemented the uplift by amending the Building Regulations and publishing new Approved Documents. This is a significant moment for the sector and on our journey to net zero. This uplift provides a pathway towards creating homes and buildings that are fit for the future, and a built environment with lower carbon emissions and homes adapted to the overheating risks caused by a warming climate.

The new Regulations will come into force in June 2022, with transitional arrangements in place. The Statutory Instrument amending the Building Regulations will be uploaded to legislation.gov.uk in due course.” - Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

When does this come into force?

Enforced from 15th June 2022, all Building Regulation applications received from this date will need to adhere to the new standards.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities plan to start more detailed engagement on the 2025 Future Buildings and Homes Standards in the new year as they work towards technical consultations.

Sap 10.2 Released – Updates for Heat Networks

The Government’s response to the consultation Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP 10.2): proposals for updates for heat networks. This update confirms policy approach on heat network projects using SAP 10, particularly in instances where homes are connected to heat networks that use recovered heat, and homes connected to heat networks using Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

Stroma Certification welcomes the certainty that this release creates. It has been a very long process, involving 2 extremely large consultations, and whilst we feel the 9 years between the last iteration of the regulations and assessment methodologies is far too long, we would like to congratulate the department for work that has been put into this process and for getting it out before Christmas.

There isn’t anything in the regulations/approved documents or in the final draft of SAP 10.2 that we weren’t expecting. This means we can now continue with the work of developing our software solutions to these requirements and educating our members in time for the implementation date of June 15th, 2022.

We are looking forward to seeing our members next year to demonstrate the updated version of FSAP and discuss the changes to Parts L, F and O. Members should keep an eye out for news on these events in the new year.

We are also looking forward to the fresh impetus of change to our industry that this release will bring, such as updates to RdSAP methodology and to MEES regulations. 2022 is going to be a busy year.

Further information

The new versions of Approved Documents can be found on the below links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-future-buildings-standard

New Approved Document L: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conservation-of-fuel-and-power-approved-document-l

New Approved Document F: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ventilation-approved-document-f

New Approved Document O: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overheating-approved-document-o

SAP 10.2 - updates for heat networks: government response to consultation - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/standard-assessment-procedure-sap-102-proposals-for-updates-for-heat-networks