Changes to Building Regulations
This summer (June 2022) there are going to be changes to The Building Regulations.
Not all works will be impacted by these changes to the regulations, however, most works and in particular all new buildings, both domestic and commercial, extensions and major alterations are likely to be affected in some way.
You will be able to find all the new and amended Approved Documents on the GOV.UK website.
For applications that have already been submitted there are transitional arrangements that are listed below.
Part L: Conservation of Fuel and Power
As of 15 June 2022, the guidance will change due to the Building Regulations etc. (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2021 and the following two approved documents will be in force:
- Approved Document L, (2022) Conservation of fuel and power, Volume 1: Dwellings
- Approved Document L, (2022) Conservation of fuel and power, Volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings.
Part F: Ventilation
As of 15 June 2022, the guidance will change due to the Building Regulations etc. (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2021and the following two approved documents will be in force:
- Approved Document F: (2022) Conservation Volume 1 applies to dwellings
- Approved Document F: (2022) Conservation Volume 2 applies to buildings other than dwellings
Part O: Overheating
The new Part O comes into effect on 15 June 2022 and applies to new dwellings, institution or any other building containing one or more rooms for residential purposes (other than a room in a hotel)
The purpose of this regulation is to reduce indoor overheating by:
- Limiting unwanted solar gains in summer
- Providing an adequate means of removing excess heat from an indoor environment
Part S: Infrastructure for charging electric vehicles
The new Part S comes into effect on 15 June 2022 and applies to new residential and non-residential buildings; buildings undergoing a material change of use to dwellings; residential and non-residential buildings undergoing major renovation; and mixed-use buildings that are either new or undergoing major renovation.
The Approved Document provides technical guidance regarding the installation and charge point requirements in Part S to the Building Regulations
The changes do not apply in relation to building work on a particular building, where a building notice or an initial notice has been given to, or full plans have been deposited with, a local authority, in respect of that building, before 15th June 2022, provided that the building work on that building is started before 15th June 2023.
In some cases, applications will be in respect of a number of buildings on a site, for example a number of houses. In such cases, it is only those individual buildings for which work is commenced which can take advantage of the transitional provisions