Part L1A

NBS Building Regulations - Main changes in the 2014 edition



Main changes in the 2014 edition

Main changes in the 2014 edition

Main changes in the 2014 edition

This approved document, Approved Document L1A: Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings supports the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations. Regulation 2(1) of the Building Regulations defines the energy efficiency requirements as the requirements of regulations 23, 25A, 25B, 26,26A,26B, 28, 29 and 40 and Part L of schedule 1. It takes effect on 31 July 2014 and is for use in Wales*. The 2010 edition will continue to apply to work begun before 31 July 2014, or to work subject to a building notice, full plans application or initial notice submitted before 31 July 2014.

The main changes in the approved document are that:

A new requirement, regulation 26B, has been introduced that requires new dwellings to achieve or better target fabric performance values.

The Part L 2014 specifications have been strengthened to deliver 8% carbon dioxide savings across the new homes build mix relative to Part L 2010.

A new elemental specification for new dwellings has been introduced for the purpose of target setting. A summary of the Part L 2014 elemental specification is published at Table B1  in the Approved Document. If the actual dwelling is constructed entirely to the elemental specification it will typically meet the carbon dioxide target and the limiting values for individual fabric elements and building services. Developers are however free to vary the specification, provided the same overall level of carbon dioxide emissions is achieved or bettered.

The document consolidates the amendments made in SI 2013/747  requiring the feasibility of high efficiency alternative systems to be taken into account before construction commences.

The guidance for insulation of circulation pipes within communal spaces is given greater prominence.

The document is in a new style format.

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