Industry Spotlight: Building Regulations Part L one year on

With the transitional period now over, Chris Caton, Product Director – Commercial at Ideal Heating revisits Approved Document Part L, Conservation of Fuel and Power and discusses what the driving force behind these changes and how they might impact heating systems in commercial buildings?

In December 2021, the government released an update to Approved Document L, Conservation of fuel and power, providing revised practical guidance on how to meet the requirements of Building Regulations for England. Approved Document L came into effect on 15th June 2022, but allowed for a transitional period, meaning work subject to a building notice, full planning application or initial notice submitted before that date, providing the work for each building started before 15th June 2023, did not have to comply with the revised guidance. As of 15th June 2023, that transitional phase is over. Now, the uplift to Approved Document L applies to all. 

Read the full Industry Spotlight article here: Ideal Heating Commercial Industry Spotlight Building Regulations Part L 1 Year On

It also covers, what are the driving forces behind these changes and how they might impact heating systems in commercial buildings. 

Energy efficiency and improvements 

Under the revised Approved Document L, a new building’s energy efficiency must be measured, using ‘Primary energy’ in combination with CO2 metrics to assess compliance with Part L. Primary energy calculations use several factors, including the efficiency of the building’s heating system and the energy used to produce fuel and deliver it to the building.

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