New building regulations came into effect on the 15th of June that will change the way in which homes are built. These new regulations ensure that new homes will have to produce around 30% less CO2 than current standards and emissions to help the Government achieve its net-zero goals. In addition to the building of new homes, these regulations will also apply to extension, conversions and home improvement projects as well. So, what are these new regulations and what do they mean for homeowners? Keep reading to find out more.
Improved ventilation is a key part of the new building regulations as a way to reduce carbon emissions. There is now a requirement for trickle vents in all replacement windows along with CO2 monitors in offices. There is a focus on the continuous circulation throughout the structure, including areas with increased humidity or pollution.
There are also new regulations in place that are designed to prevent overheating in the home, which is partly to protect the well-being of those in the building. This includes new glazing limits in new build homes along with new levels of cross-ventilation to remove excess heat.
Fuel & Power
Fuel and power is another key area addressed that can make a big difference to a home’s carbon footprint. The installation of low-carbon central heating systems will be key and help homeowners to reduce their environmental impact while also making big savings on their energy bill (this is helpful in a time when the cost of energy is rising and a major issue for many).
Charging Electric Vehicles at Home
An interesting new development under the new regulations is a requirement for all new builds to have prep work completed for the installation of a charging point for an electric car. The Government is slowly phasing out petrol and fuel cars as a way to meet clean air targets and providing homes with an electric charging point will be key in this. This will make switching to an electric car a much easier decision for motorists and should encourage more to switch ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles.
These are a few of the main areas that the new building regulations address. These are big changes that will have a massive impact on a home’s carbon footprint and energy efficiency, which should also help homeowners to make significant long-term savings as well.