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Part L 2013 (or is that 2015?). New blog by @neilcutland

Part L 2013 (or is that 2015?). New blog by @neilcutland

Following a consultation which closed in early 2012, and the Government’s response 18 months later, the 2013 energy standards of the Building Regulations have finally been published. Strictly speaking, approved documents L1A and L2A have been published, but they won’t come into force until April 2014. The usual transitional arrangements will mean that we won’t see much volume building to these standards until 2015 – three years since the consultation – so one does rather question the motivation of our ‘greenest Government ever’. Nevertheless, the UK is still committed to zero carbon homes by 2016. The legislative processes alone are likely to push that back to at least 2017, but even so, do the new approved documents take us far enough quickly enough? Some years ago the ‘journey to zero carbon’ was mapped out. It required reductions in new build carbon emissions of 20-25 p...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/part-l-2013-or-2015

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