The Forthcoming Changes to Building Regulations Part L

The recent UK Budget has reinforced the government’s commitment to sticking with its target of achieving zero carbon homes by 2016 (Paragraph – 1.109). They also announced a response will be given to the energy efficiency requirements in buildings regulations ‘Part L’ by May 2013.

However, the government’s overall goal to achieve zero carbon may provide challenging as it has already missed its own target to provide a revised document Part L by April 2013, which, would have given the industry six months to prepare for the changes. This has caused confusion if to weather the announcement in May will also be enforced in October or if another consultation will be required after May.

Overall, for the government to achieve its target ministers need to decide swiftly.

Build Tight and Ventilate Right

Whilst preforming air pressure tests and extractor fan tests we get asked ‘Why do I need to achieve a low air leakage test result but ensure they the property is ventilated right’. Traditionally, many of the UK housing stock rely on ventilation through air leakages, which, is uncontrollable to the occupants. In addition, ventilation through air leakages will not ensure the correct ventilation of a property as it could have excessive ventilation or under ventilation rates; both can cause an increase in energy consumption and the build-up of pollutants.     

Therefore, each dwelling must be compliant with Building Regulations Part F to ensure the correct number of background ventilation is provided and to ensure extractor fan units achieve the minimum flow rate, without relying on air leakage.

Book your extractor fan test and domestic air tightness test together and we can provide a reduction in price.