Consultation on Building Regulations Announced

The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced a consultation on the Building Regulations. Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has said that the proposals will save money and cut carbon emissions.

The consultation document on the new proposed regulations has four sections:

·      changes to technical details

·      increasing the energy efficiency of buildings

·      electrical safety in homes; and

·      changes to the building control system

Of particular interest to MSAFE are the changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power). MSAFE currently provide services in relation to the same including Air Tightness Testing. The Government has committed to introduce zero carbon standards from 2016 (homes) and 2019 (non-domestic) for all new buildings. The proposed 2013 changes take the next step towards those zero carbon standards, by tightening the carbon dioxide (CO2) targets for new buildings and introducing a specific energy efficiency target for new homes.

MSAFE will be working with existing and new clients to assist them in meeting any changes made to the Regulations in due course. The key to meeting the requirement of the existing and proposed Regulations is planning and early consideration of the issues. MSAFE are a UKAS accredited organisation and can assist considerably with our range of statutory and added value services including:

-     Air tightness testing

-     Pre completion inspections

-     SAP Calculations & EPC’s

-     Code for Sustainable Homes Assessors

-     Thermographic Surveys

-     Sound Insulation Testing

If you would like to discuss how MSafe can assist please contact us to discuss your requirements further.

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