Tag : Building regulations
A lack of transparency concerning the performance of construction products remains a pressing concern for the building services sector as the government commits to introduce a series of changes to safety regulations.
A range of associations and bodies that have spoken to H&V News in recent months have cited how a lack of clarity in building regulations and limited enforcement of these rules, particularly for existing or refurbished properties, poses health risks from creating poorly ventilated dwellings and office spaces.
The government has set out several key aims that it hopes will overhaul the quality of social housing in the UK. This will include the introduction of a stronger regulator and new standards on home quality that will determine factors such as energy efficient heating.
The government has told British Gas to stop providing quotations that fail to fully comply with Boiler Plus standards and reminded installers that the standards are mandatory
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said it will be “reminding” British Gas of its responsibilities to ensure every service it provides meets the minimum requirements of the mandatory Boiler Plus efficiency standards introduced in April this year.
British Gas is offering quotations to customers that decline to purchase new or replacement heating appliances that complies with the recently introduced mandatory Boiler Plus standards, leading to questions over policing of the new efficiency regulations.
The Independent Review of Building Regulations launched following the Grenfell Tower fire has demanded radical regulatory reform of how buildings are designed, built and maintained, with the government committing to seek advice on how best to ensure “meaningful” change.
A government review of carbon monoxide alarm regulations that is set to launch later this year will consider whether a blanket requirement should be introduced that would require the devices to be in place for all forms of heating systems.
Boiler Plus standards have come into effect today and will outline revised energy efficiency and technical requirements for any new combi boilers being fitted. Key industry bodies claim the standards represent the most significant overhaul of gas boiler standards in the UK since 2005.
The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) has issued new consumer guidance it hopes will build awareness around using Gas Safe engineers and the best industry practice that can be expected when servicing a boiler.