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The Building Regulations play a key role in the challenge to tackle climate change and the government calculates that heat and buildings are responsible for approximately 17% of the country’s Total Carbon Emissions.

To support this strategy, the government has revised and published new building regulation standards for:

  • Energy Efficiency (Revised Approved Document L)
  • Ventilation (Revised Approved Document F)
  • Overheating (New Approved Document O)
  • Infrastructure for Charging Electric Vehicles (New Approved Document S)

These standards came into force on 15 June 2022, for Building Control applications deposited before this date, there are transitional arrangements until 15 June 2023.

What this means for people applying for Building Regulations Approval

Applications deposited with Building Control before 15 June 2022 will not need to comply with the new regulations provided all elements of the work have commenced before 15 June 2023.

Applications deposited on or after 15 June 2022 will need to comply with the new regulations.

If you are intending to build a new property or extend or alter your existing home, it is important that you and your contractors are aware of the new regulations.

Southern Building Control Partnership has produced two new booklets which outline the requirements of the new approved documents.

For more information on organisations who can help with sustainable building please visit our dedicated page including information on the latest government grant schemes.