The government is expected to provide its detailed response in the coming weeks to last year’s 2012 consultation on changes to Part L, which sets out standards for energy efficiency in building work.
The 2013 revision to Part L came into force on 6 April, highlighting the importance of whole life costing, airtightness and thermal bridging. The government’s response this month is expected to mean further tweaks to the regulations.
CITB business development manager Tony Howard said: “The changes to Building Regulations Part L are an important development for construction SMEs. They need to understand what is required to meet the new regulations for air tightness, new insulation materials and changing technologies, and have the skills to deliver to required standards. Those who are not fully aware of the changes risk non-compliance.”
There are set to be further consultations on Part L in October as well as the government’s May response, with more changes anticipated. All of these are expected to reflect the increased importance of energy efficiency and low carbon construction techniques.
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