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Part L Consultation

On the 31 July 2012 the Welsh Assembly Government began a consultation on changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations in Wales.

The consultation proposes to:-

  • phase the introduction of a higher energy efficiency standard (40% improvement over 2010 levels) for new dwellings so that it begins to take effect in 2015 rather than earlier;
  • remove the existing planning requirements for use of the Code for Sustainable Homes; and
  • take steps to simplify the application of the new standards.

We think that any changes that will improve efficiency in the sector and allow developers to reduce the time spent in dealing with red tape and bureaucracy can only be a good thing. However, this should not be at the sacrifice of sustainable development, which is an issue that extends well beyond reducing carbon emissions.

The additional benefits that the Code for Sustainable Homes brings are widely known. If focus is shifted entirely to improving energy efficiency, then we feel that there are a number of issues would be lost or substantially diminished. Even if these were to be encompassed within building regulations or an alternative scheme, changing to a new policy or process will require a substantial “bedding in” period and the momentum already gathered will slow or stop.  That does not even take into consideration the question over who would be responsible for ensuring compliance.

The Code for Sustainable Homes is not perfect and there are a few amendments that we would like to see in the future, but it is the best sustainability vehicle we have and removing it would undermine all of the hard work that has been put in by everyone.

The timetable for the next step is not clear, but we are keeping a close eye on this and will provide any update as soon as possible.