Government to Update Building Regulations

New government regulations introduced will increase energy efficiency in homes and buildings.

GAP are just one of many manufacturers around the country that are required to update their product ranges to reflect the changes in the newly amended Part F and Part L of the Government Building Regulations.

Amendments to Part L of the regulations are set to improve the standard of expected u-values and energy ratings for extra thermal efficiency in homes and other buildings, at a time where inflation rates and the cost of living is at an all-time high.

Commenting on the timing of the changes, Simon Bird of GAP explained:

“The new changes that have come into effect will have an impact on us all and our customers need to be aware how this is going to affect their day-to-day work, if they have products on order with us.

“With the cost of everyday life going up day-by-day, the government are introducing these measures at the perfect time, which in the long run will decrease energy usage in the home.

“Updated specifications are frequently being looked at by our research and development team so that we are able to meet the new regulations and continue to offer the best service possible to our customers.”

The government’s aim of the new regulations is to reduce carbon emissions in the home by around 30%, with the ultimate aim of becoming net carbon zero.

As of June 15th, the expected standards were updated to reflect the new regulations, meaning that some specifications will need slight modifications such as upgrades and changes to glass designs on certain door styles, if installed after this date.

For GAP this includes Rockdoor composite doors, HomeFrame Windows and HomeView Bi folding doors, which the expected standard will vary depending on if the products are for new build properties or for replacements in existing homes.

Products ordered after the regulation change date will already incorporate new glass which will make units Part L compliant, which has been reflected on the GAP ordering portal.

However, customers who have ordered products already, which will not be compliant after the regulation change date will have been contacted by the customer support team, to discuss alternative options in order to meet the new standards.

With the changes set to come into effect soon, only products installed in England will be affected, although it is expected that the new regulations will be brought in by Scotland and Wales soon.

If customers are unsure or have any queries about the latest changes to building regulations, you can find more information available on the government website, or alternatively feel free to contact our customer support team at customerservice@gap.uk.com or call us directly on 01254 682888.

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