Proposed changes to the Building Regulations

Closed 16 Feb 2018

Opened 22 Dec 2017

Feedback Updated 11 Jul 2019

We Asked

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture consulted on a series of possible changes to the content of the Building Regulations in order to focus on matters concerning energy efficiency and to reflect changes to building practices. The proposed amendments are an important component in meeting the Government’s commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

We asked for your views to help inform how the Building Regulations should change.

You Said

There were responses from 92 individuals[i] of which 72 provided an email address.  Forty-one of the responses were from identifiable organisations.

Those that responded provided a range of views. Many felt that updating the Building Regulations is essential to address the Island’s emissions with some promoting a very ambitious approach. Others noted the need to improve standards but noted the economic aspects for the construction industry and house buyers. Linked to this, there was a view from some that standards should be increased over time to allow for a period of adjustment to meet rising targets.

Of those that responded, 68% answered ‘Yes’ to the final question which asked ‘Do you agree to the Department introducing the up to date Approved Documents as outlined above to support the Building Regulations?’

Please see full report for more detailed analysis.

 

We Did

Following the consultation it was determined seek Tynwald approval to introduce the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), to update the Approved Documents and to bring forward electric vehicle charging requirements via the Planning system. We have spoken with and will continue to work with stakeholders on the matter.

Results Updated 11 Jul 2019

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Overview

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is reviewing the content of the Building Regulations in order to focus on matters concerning energy efficiency and also proposing updates to reflect changes to building practices. The proposed amendments are to help achieve the requirements set out in the Programme for Government 2016 – 2021 and the Climate Challenge Mitigation Strategy 2016-2020.

The suggested changes include increased air tightness requirements and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates. There are some other changes proposed to make it easier to provide high speed internet cabling in the future and provide for charging of electric vehicles. There are some other changes, minor in nature, which may be considered to be a tidying up exercise.

Why We Are Consulting

The consultation seeks the views of stakeholders concerning the proposed changes. 

What Happens Next

After publishing this paper we will:

  • Publish a summary of matters raised in the consultation with responses where appropriate
     
  • Work with representative groups, after the formal deadline has passed, in order to further inform our work, as appropriate
     
  • Make changes to the Building Regulations 2014 and The Approved Documents Order 2014 in consultation with Building Control Authorities as appropriate for the consideration of Tynwald

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Landlords
  • Homeowners

Interests

  • Building control