Updated building regulations have come into force affecting ventilation, overheating and electric car charging on new build housing.
In order to reduce energy usage, new homes must produce 30% less emissions than previous standards. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DHLUC) have said the new regulations will help the UK reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.
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Sustainability specialist, Laura Mansel-Thomas, Senior Partner at Ingleton Wood said: “From 15 June 2022, a new set of building regulations have come into force as the UK moves towards net-zero.
“Here at Ingleton Wood, we strive to be at the cutting edge of sustainable solutions for the built environment. We understand that new regulations can be daunting, which is why we have a sustainability team available to provide fully integrated consultancy support to clients and our internal design teams, preparing all of our builds to meet changing guidelines.”
The building regulations that have come into effect as of 15 June 2022 are:
Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power
This consists of two volumes: Volume 1: Dwellings, and Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings. The volumes include updated insulation requirements for new builds, which will be assessed under a new Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) calculation, SAP10.
Some regulations will also affect changes in existing homes. For instance, a minimum new fabric efficiency standard will apply if you are adding new or replacement thermal elements to your home, such as windows and doors.
Approved Document F: Ventilation
Also consisting of Volume 1: Dwellings, and Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings, these documents outline changes to ventilation requirements. When energy efficiency work is undertaken in existing homes, the ventilation must be either kept the same or improved upon, in line with existing measures for controlled services and fittings.
Approved Document S: Infrastructure for charging electric vehicles
Under this regulation, a new residential building with associated parking must have access to electric vehicle charge points. A £3600 price cap per charge point has also been introduced.
Approved Document O: Overheating
This new Approved Document aims to limit excess solar gain in new and existing homes and prevent overheating. There are two methods of compliance: the simplified method (considering the location of the building and whether it has cross-ventilation) and dynamic thermal modelling (a standardised approach to predicting overheating risk).
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