June 2022 saw some significant changes coming into effect for building regulations. Building regulations are the requirements for the design and construction of buildings and must be followed when a new build or renovation project is undertaken. Failing to adhere to the regulations could result in the local authorities serving you with an enforcement notice and legal action may be taken.
The experts at home construction company JVB Construction have put together the following guide to inform you what has changed and what actions building companies will need to take.
What has changed in June 2022?
As of June 15th, 2022, new building regulations have come into effect. All new builds must now produce 30% less carbon dioxide emissions than the current standards, while all commercial buildings must produce 27% fewer carbon emissions.
There are also new standards to reduce energy use and carbon emissions during home improvement projects. However, the old rules may still apply depending on how far along the planning process you are.
The changes are detailed in the new Approved Documents L, F, O, and S.
- Part L: Conservation of fuel and power
- Part F: Ventilation
- Part O: Overheating
- Part S: Electric vehicle charging
Why are these changes happening?
These changes are designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and to help the country achieve its target of ‘Net Zero’ by 2050. With construction being a major contributor to carbon emissions, the Government aims to reduce this with the new building regulations changes. According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, “heating and power account for 40 per cent of the UK’s total energy use”.
These changes are the first set to occur. The ‘Future Homes Standard’ and ‘Future Buildings Standard’ are planned for 2025, with a key part being that all new builds must be capable of being net zero in terms of operational carbon when the grid decarbonises.
What happens if I do not follow these new regulations?
The rules are now in effect and must be followed. However, there is a grace period until June 2023 for some projects. If your project had building regulation approval before June 15th, 2022, then the old standards will still apply. However, you have until 15th June 2023 to begin the work before the approval is withdrawn.
If you do not follow the rules, the local authorities will serve you with an enforcement notice and you will likely face legal action.
JVB Construction is a construction company operating in Surrey and the southwest. If you are planning an extension, renovation or new build, contact us today for a no-obligation quote and more information.