Why Self Builders and Renovators Should Embrace the New Building Regs

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It is very positive that there are a number of new editions of the Building Regulations. ‘Not more rules!’ I hear you scream. Well, don’t see them as rules but more as guidance; guidance that we all need to follow and embrace. After all, as self builders and renovators, we are usually looking for more than just a house. What we want is a quality home that is as good today as it will be tomorrow. 

The 15 December amendments to the Building Regulations include uplifts to Part F (ventilation) and Part L (fuel and power), and there are new Approved Documents for overheating (Part O) and charging electric vehicles at home (Part S). 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.