DSSR Responds to Latest Changes to Building Regulations

DSSR responds to the Publication of the new Building Regulations 2021 (England), and the recent publication of the Technical Standards 2022 Consultation Response (Scotland)

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Posted 5 months ago

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At the end of 2021, significant changes to the Building Regulations and the Approved Documents for England—the most significant amendments made in several years—were published by the Government.

The publication featured substantial changes to regulations relating to ventilation, energy efficiency and overheating, electric vehicle charging, and a number of supporting elements of the regulations.

Also available is the Government response to the Future Buildings Standard consultation. This is intended to support the delivery of higher standards of energy efficiency, ensuring buildings that meet the standard will not need further work to their building fabric to enable them to become zero carbon in the future.

More information is available here via CIBSE

Carina McKinney, DSSR Associate and Thermal Modelling Lead, provided a statement outlining DSSR’s readiness to embrace the latest ‘shift in the building industry’.

 

“Following the Publication of the new Building Regulations 2021 (England), and the recent publication of the Technical Standards 2022 Consultation Response (Scotland), we at DSSR are getting geared up to face the next shift in the building industry towards a common net zero carbon goal.
“Having contributed to the Scottish Regulations 2022 Consultation, we are prepared to embrace new challenges in our efforts to deliver sustainable near-zero carbon building designs that work for our clients and end-users and can withstand the test of time.
“With almost two decades of building performance modelling experience, we welcome that the new regulations recognise to some extent the need for building performance testing for occupants comfort and operational energy.
“Our centre of excellence for building performance modelling has the skills to deliver what the industry is so desperately craving for – a hands-on and project relevant approach to dynamic simulation modelling in contrast to sole Part L and Section 6 energy testing.

“On a personal level, I am proud to be part of this momentum shift from fossil fuels to alternative and challenging new approaches to building design solutions & operations—the first step will be the hardest, on this important journey, but we are ready to take it.”