Changing building regulations – what do I need to consider before embarking on a build?

Commercial Energy Efficiency: Navigating ‘The Future Buildings Standard’

In the quest for superior green credentials, new buildings are expected to meet more stringent carbon emissions requirements under the Future Buildings Standard. The government’s strategy to enhance the energy efficiency of the built environment now makes it unlawful to let commercial property with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating below E. As we navigate these changes, the lack of regulatory clarity poses challenges that may hinder progress in decarbonising the UK’s built environment.

Building Safety: A Paramount Concern in Construction

Building safety remains a non-negotiable factor and the recent implementation of the Building Safety Act 2022 marks a significant milestone. The act introduces mandatory registration for higher-risk buildings and a new building control regime.  While these rules enhance safety, they also introduce complexity, potentially leading to construction project delays. It is crucial for all stakeholders, including building surveyors and architects, to understand and adapt to their new legal obligations.

Developers and the Changing Landscape: Biodiversity Net Gain and Conservation Covenants

For developers, the landscape is evolving with the introduction of biodiversity net gain (BNG) rules and an expected surge in conservation covenant agreements. The 10% BNG rules, effective from January 2024, bring about new challenges and opportunities for developers.

Conservation covenants, designed to protect natural or heritage features, are poised to become more prevalent. These legally binding agreements, when registered as local land charges, have the potential to secure BNG commitments.

Nutrient Neutrality: Addressing challenges and seeking solutions

The persistence of nutrient neutrality requirements, despite parliamentary debate, adds another layer of complexity to the construction landscape. Local planning authorities must ensure developments are nutrient neutral, leading to delays and criticism from the housebuilding industry. The government’s local nutrient mitigation fund aims to strike a balance between waterway restoration and housing supply, potentially unlocking up to 40,000 new homes over the next five years.

In conclusion, our commitment to sustainability aligns with the evolving landscape of the construction industry.

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If you would like any help on any of the above then please get in touch with Alison Hird, our Business Development Manager, at [email protected]. We look forward to working together to build a greener and more sustainable future.

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