New Part L and F Consultation released!
Following the Minister announcement at the Conservative Conference, the Government has today published the first of two consultations on changes to the Building Regulations. Specifically, Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation). The link can be found here.
This long awaited consultation covers new homes and is being used as a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard first mentioned in the previous Chancellors spring budget.
The Future Home Standard consultation proposes options for raising the bar on energy efficiency standards for new build homes, and as expected proposes changes to ‘Part F’- the ventilation standards. Further to this, the consultation contains more stringent transitional arrangements and proposes clearer role for planning authorities in setting energy efficiency standards. Focus is also given to the prevention of overheating in buildings within the the consultation documents, with new research papers provided for ‘overheating’ and ‘ventilation and air quality’.
It is expected that the non-domestic standard consultation (Part L2) will be released in the near future, alongside some additional details for changing the standards for building work in existing homes and non-domestic buildings.
Stuart Fairlie – Technical and Operations Director of Elmhurst states “We very much welcome the announcement of this consultation, and over the next few days we will fully analyse all the documents. As always we will liaise with our members in terms of responding on behalf of the industry. Part L and F are long overdue an update and it essential that we move our homes towards higher energy efficiency standards. We look forward to the debate that this consultation will no doubt create.”