Andrew Stunell MP, Minister responsible for Building Regulations at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), delivered the keynote address to a packed conference at BRE Watford today.
Delegates from across the built environment heard Mr Stunell and DCLG colleagues along with other key stakeholders from industry, outline the proposed changes in the 2013 edition of Part L of the Building Regulations.
The audience had the opportunity to discuss these in a Q&A session ahead of demonstrations of cSAP and cSBEM (the software tools from BRE to help designers with Part L compliance) and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park.
Paul Davidson, BRE’s Director of Sustainable Energy said ‘We are delighted to be hosting this important event, which allows the construction industry to hear at first hand from DCLG its plans for further strengthening of the energy requirements of the Building Regulations. The sell-out response is clear evidence that the industry acknowledges the importance of further reducing the carbon impact of buildings and want to find out exactly what the proposals mean for them.’
It is anticipated that one requirement of the new regulations will see those carrying out alterations to existing buildings needing to implement additional energy saving improvements to parts of the structure not directly affected by the works. The cost of these additional measures can be met by the proposed Green Deal loans so as to deliver net cost savings as a result of lower energy use. This and other changes will have an impact on all those involved with buildings, from the architects, designers and specifiers designing them; builders and engineers constructing them; planners and building control officers permitting them; and to the owners and end users too.
Key parts of the conference will be released as a series of video webinars on the BRE website in a few days.
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Notes to Editor:
Part L of the Building Regulations covers the conservation of fuel and power, and the 2013 changes would apply to all buildings in England. Download the review proposals here www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/brconsultationsection2
BRE has been closely involved with the development of the Building Regulations since their inception, and this event expands on previous Part L consultations that we have hosted for the Department in recent years.www.bre.co.uk