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Energy regulations to be reviewed with Part L

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Both new and existing buildings are to be included in a review of Part L of the Building Regulations that will demand checks on the energy performance of existing buildings. The review will expand on previously suggested uses of Building Regulations following major renovations and changes of use, or a change of ownership, by also looking at whether there should be periodic checks on all buildings.

Construction minister Nick Raynsford launched the review as part of the UK's comm i t - ment to reduction in global CO 2, cutting emissions by 20 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2010. He has appointed engineer Oscar Faber to run a much wider review than is normal for Building Regulations, which will involve a series of invited workshops and the production of a first discussion paper by May. Responses should be incorporated in a full consultation paper within six months.

Fully costed proposals and the normal formal consultation will follow, with Approved Documents developed during 1999.

Raynsford said that he was hoping for industry consensus rather than the sort of entrenched opposition to change shown by the NHBC in the last Part L review four years ago. The recent controversial proposals for regulation of air-conditioning will become part of the new review.

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