Building Regulations Changes Take Effect June 2022 – What You Need to Know
Next month there will be significant changes to building regulations. These are aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings to help the country move towards its targets for Net Zero by 2050.
These changes are an interim measure to improve energy efficiency in housing regulations ahead of the Future Homes and Buildings Standards introduction in 2025, which will require more significant cuts to carbon emissions.
These measures will help make the changes in 2025 less severe and will also help to cut carbon emissions in the meantime.
Main points to note are:
- All domestic new builds will be required to have a carbon reduction of 30% This can be achieved mainly by using renewable technology such as ASHPs and PV along with improvements to the building fabric.
- Commercial buildings are required to reduce their carbon emissions by 27%
- There will be a new way to measure energy efficiency. The ‘primary’ energy will be used to measure the energy efficiency, ie what fuel will be used for heating.
- There will be higher efficiency standards for the building fabric. This considers Fabric U-values, thermal bridging, external heat gain, and more to measure energy efficiency in new homes. ie Walls will now need to have a U Value of 0.18, doors and windows 1.4.
- The maximum heating flow for new builds will be 55 Deg C which means that radiators will need to be bigger.
- Full SAP compliance will be required for extensions.
- New Part O regs will need to be included which covers overheating by solar gain and cross flow ventilation.
- A car charger point will be required.
- EPC assessments should be done requiring proof of installation of insulation etc with photos and proof of purchase.
These changes will affect all new projects with plans that need permissions from building control from June 2022.
Our team are familiar with all these changes and can advise accordingly.
We do hope you’ve found our info helpful.
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