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Building Regulations

The Government has announced that it intends to review Part L of the Building Regulations in the winter of 2018/9. This was first included in the Clean Growth Strategy in October 2017, subject to the outcome of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which reported in May 2018. As part of its Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges, the Government has also set the ambition to “at least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030“. Beyond these statements of intent however, it has not formally announced such a review and what its scope will be.

CIBSE would like the upcoming review of Building Regulations to be as well-informed and effective as possible. We have therefore been consulting with members and the wider industry on changes they would like to see, and the speed with which these should be implemented. The Building Regulations Part L & F Briefing Paper expresses CIBSE’s recommendations for Government, informed by views from members received at workshops held on 2nd October 2018 (CIBSE event) and on 18th October 2018 (with the London Energy Transformation Initiative) and through separate communications. In addition to essential issues to be addressed now, it includes issues which we recommend government to start to address now in readiness for the next review, expressed as:

  • Immediate-term: this review i.e. 2019 implementation
  • Medium term: 2nd review, and possibly also the 3rd
  • Long-term: 3rd or 4th review – by 2030.

This Building Regulations Part L & F Briefing Paper therefore provides both immediate recommendations for the anticipated review, and a forward programme for the evolution of Building Regulations Part L and Part F (and associated Approved Documents) towards the targets set out in longer term policy statements and the requirements of future Carbon Budgets as set in accordance with the Climate Change Act.

CIBSE has also produced an additional briefing paper on Steps to net zero carbon buildings. This paper summarises CIBSE recommendations on the changes required to the regulation of energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, and how this should be reflected in Part L of Building Regulations as part of the 2019/2020 review and subsequent ones, and in other relevant regulations. It builds on previous CIBSE work, consultation with the industry, and the work of other bodies, including in particular the recent reports of the Committee on Climate Change and the BEIS Select Committee inquiry into energy efficiency.