Regulation change reminder

Are you ready for the changes to Part L? An FMB report suggests that many UK builders are underprepared for the June changes to building regulations. 

The 2021 changes to the UK’s building regulations are effective from 1 June. This includes amendments to Approved Document L (energy efficiency), Document F (ventilation) and a new Document O relating to overheating. 

These changes aim to significantly reduce CO2 emissions as a stepping stone towards the ambitions emissions reductions targets that will come into play in 2025 with the Future Homes Standard.   
Early in May, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reported that a startling 52% of builders are not prepared or aware of the changes to building regulations.

To help builders and contractors understand these changes we published a high-level overview of the changes to Part L early in the year. We also created a detailed document breaking down the technical updates to the Approved Document L, providing guidance on how to meet new thermal performance requirements.

Key to note is the 15 June deadline. If notices or plans are submitted after that date, all homes must be built in line with the new part L standards. However, if notices or plans are submitted before 15 June 2022 but work on any individual building does not commence by 15 June 2023, the relevant buildings must be built in line with the new standards. Read more in our blog about the implications of the changes to transitional arrangements.

Small builders and contractors may not have the time to pore through complex Government documents. As such the FMB urged the Government to provide clear advice to ensure small builders are aware of the changes. 

Chief Executive, Brian Berry, said: “The FMB’s State of Trade Survey highlights just how underprepared the building industry is for regulatory changes coming into force in June. Builders can’t be blamed for this situation given the poor communication and engagement coming from Government. The Government need to help address this issue by providing clear guidance to help builders understand what is expected of them.”

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