If you are planning a new build, an extension or conversion of your home, then the changes to the building regulations are important.

Building regulations make sure that any work done on a property is up to a certain standard.

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From 15 June changes to the nation-wide regulations aim to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings across the UK. This will help the country move towards its target for net zero emissions.

The changes include:

  • Ventilation: changes will help to improve air quality and ensure properties receive the necessary ventilation.
  • Conservation of Fuel and Power: changes will primarily impact the energy efficiency requirements for buildings.
  • Overheating: the new regulations aim to limit overheating in properties by introducing passive measures such as fitting shutters for shade and glazing design in new houses.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging: new residential properties will require the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“We welcome these changes to national building regulations. They will considerably improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we live, work and spend our free time. They are an important step in the UK’s journey towards a cleaner, greener built environment.”

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