Building Regulations Changes Now in Effect - Here's What You Need to Know

Building Regulations have changed
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A significant update to the Building Regulations is now in force and the new rules could have a marked impact on self builders, extenders and renovators. 

The changes, first announced in December 2021, come with £6.6m of direct investment into improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Heating and powering buildings currently makes up around 40% of total energy use, the government says, and the ambition is to reduce this significantly. From 15 June 2022, all new homes must produce 30% less carbon dioxide emissions than current standards.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.