The construction industry training board (CITB) is urging SME contractors to ensure they are up to date regarding changes to Building Regulations Part L requirements.
Since the 6 April the 2013 revision to part L has been in operation, with more emphasis being put on whole life costing, air tightness and thermal bridging. The government’s response later this month is expected to lead to further tweaks to the regulations.
The Business Development Manager for CITB, Tony Howard said: “The changes to Building Regulations Part L are an important development for construction SMEs. They need to understand what is required to meet the new regulations for air tightness, new insulation materials and changing technologies, and have the skills to deliver to required standards. Those who are not fully aware of the changes risk non-compliance.”
There are set to be further consultations on Part L in October as well as the Government’s May response, with more changes anticipated. All of these changes are thought to show the increasing importance being put on energy efficiency and low carbon construction techniques.