Big changes ahead for building regulations in the UK
There will be some significant changes to the building regulations in the United Kingdom. Starting in June 2022, new and existing buildings will be required to have energy-efficient improvements for lowering carbon emissions. It is part of the national initiative to move the UK toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The construction industry is a massive contributor to carbon emissions in the UK. The government wants new homes and extensions to be constructed with more energy-efficient structures and features. Existing buildings and commercial buildings must also conform to this energy-efficient initiative by making the necessary improvements.
The government wants to cut the carbon emissions produced from all new homes by 30%. They also want to cut the carbon emissions from existing buildings by 27%. All property owners have until June 2022 to comply with the new building regulations. Failure to follow the new regulations could result in the local authorities taking legal action against you.
The GOV.UK website can give you access to the new Approved Documents, O, L, and F. These documents provide specific information regarding the latest building regulations and requirements. Use these documents to help guide you through the development or improvement process so that you obey the new laws.
If your new home development is still in the planning stages, you must submit your full plans or building notice to the government before June 15th, 2022. Your home development project won’t be subjected to the new regulations if approved.