Welsh Government issues response to the Stage 2A Consultation

Back in November 2020, Welsh Government launched the Stage 2A Consultation proposing changes to Part L and F for Existing Dwellings, new Overheating regulations and changes to Part L for Non Domestic Buildings. The responses to this have now been published and confirm the some of the details for the next versions of Part F, L and S of the Building Regulations.

Just some of the headlines:

  • New regulations for domestic buildings to come into force ‘Summer 2022’, and non domestic buildings ‘Autumn 2022’
  • Fabric standards for building work to existing homes will be tightened
  • Introduce guidance suggesting PAS 2035 can be used to demonstrate the suitability of an element has been adequately considered
  • Tighten minimum standards for replacement services in existing homes
  • Introduce a numerous standards for ventilation where work to an existing home is carried out
  • Overheating in new domestic buildings will be addressed by a new Building Regulation and Approved Document (AD) S
  • AD S will provide two options for demonstrating compliance with the regulations; the Simplified method and Detailed method
  • Transitional arrangements will apply for a period of one year, a reduction from the proposed two year period in the original consultation

Stuart Fairlie – Managing Director at Elmhurst:

“We are delighted to see the response to the Stage 2A consultation published. Our first observations are that with the reduction of the transition period to one year the Welsh Government are intent on delivering really meaningful new standards as quickly as possible. Certainly it is very much aligned with our official response. We fully support the meaningful step towards 2025. We must all work together to ensure that the timelines are achievable for all stakeholders. It looks like 2022 will be a very busy and exciting year for our members.”

Read the full response to the Stage 2A Consultation

New Consultation launched

Welsh Government have at the same time issued a new ‘Stage 2B consultation’ which builds on the previous consultations by setting out energy and ventilation standards for non-domestic buildings (F and L Volume 2), and also some extra questions on the new Overheating regulations for new domestic buildings. The consultation closes on 17th January 2022 and can be viewed here.

Article Published: 27th October 2021

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