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Government chickens out of home improvement Part L changes

The Government has published its consultation document on proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations but has fallen short of including mandatory energy improvements when building extensions.

It was thought that the consultation document would include proposals that would have forced homeowners building extensions to improve the energy efficiency of the rest of their property. However, these measures were removed at the last minute.

The consultation proposes amendments to Parts L and F of the Building Regulations which are planned to come into force next year. Planning and housing minister John Healey says the proposals could mean a 25% improvement on current standards fort new homes or buildings from 2010.

“The new homes of the future must be built with better insulation, better low carbon lighting and better boilers,” he told an RTPI conference in London.

The consulation document also proposes to lift the current exemption on conservatories under Part L.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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