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New building regulations are coming in June – are you ready?

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Catriona Smith

11 May 2022

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Builders in England will need to follow new rules from 15 June as the government strives to make homes more energy efficient.

From next month, new buildings, extensions, and alterations will need to meet specific regulations when it comes to energy efficiency. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know.

What are the new rules?

The government announced at the end of last year that new rules will be coming in for builders in England.

From 15 June 2022, there’s new guidance for buildings to reduce carbon emissions by:

  • improving ventilation
  • preventing buildings from overheating
  • providing infrastructure for electric vehicles

Builders must cut carbon emissions for new homes by 30 per cent, and by 27 per cent for other buildings and extensions.

These changes are coming in to support the government’s road to net zero, and the Future Homes Standard in 2025. And by 2025, new non-domestic buildings should be ‘net zero carbon ready'.

The new regulations apply to new build homes and non-domestic buildings, as well as new extensions to existing buildings and the installation of new equipment or technology.

What if planning is already underway?

The government is taking a phased approach to bringing in the new rules.

If you’ve already submitted a building notice, initial notice, or full plan (or will have done before 15 June) then the previous regulations will apply. You’ll just need to make sure building work starts before 15 June 2023.

For jobs that don’t need a notice or application, you’ll need to follow the new rules from 15 June 2022.

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Check the government guidance

As a builder, it’ll be your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these new rules. You can see the government’s list of approved documents for guidance.

Local authorities have the power to enforce these regulations, so any builders not following the rules could face legal action.

These are the specific documents with the latest updates you need to read:

Over half of builders aren’t prepared

In a survey of builders in England, the Federation of Master Builders found 52 per cent of builders are either not prepared for or not aware of the regulation changes coming in June.

At a time when supply challenges and skills shortages are impacting the finances of self-employed builders, it’s vital that information is clear and easily accessible.

Are you ready for the new rules? Let us know in the comments.

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