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Thursday24 July 2014

Government launches Building Regs consultation

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New regulations to pave way for Green Deal

The government has launched a consultation for its new set of Building Regulations, due to come in to force in 2013.

It is hoped the regulations, which will affected new homes, shops and offices, will help pave the way for the introduction of zero-carbon homes from 2016 and will help form the Green Deal, which is due out this autumn.

Included in the document are four sections:

-         Changes to technical details

-         Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings

-         Electrical safety in homes

-         Changes to the building control system

Communities minister Andrew Stunell said: ““The coalition is committed to being the greenest government ever, so improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings through the Green Deal, and ensuring that all new homes are zero carbon by 2016 is a top priority.

“But we need to do this in a way that doesn’t add to the regulatory burden on businesses. So I’m delighted that these much need changes will provide guidance that is both fit for purpose and will cut carbon emissions, whilst also saving money for householders and businesses alike.”

The consultation is open until April 27.

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  • I see you haven't risked giving us a clickable link - or even a URL

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  • Too bad that all this will simply make it entirely uneconomical to build new homes in low-income areas. So those areas will continue to have empty sites sitting derelict as the localities suffer from a lack of investment...

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