Steel buildings & changes in Building Regulations 2014
New steel buildings are subject to changes in Part L2A Building Regulations that came into effect on 6th April 2014. The regulations introduce further measures to conserve fuel and power.
Improvements in CO2 Emissions
CO2 emissions for new buildings (other than dwellings) are required to be further limited with a total improvement of 9% required overall.
Categories of Buildings affected
The new regulations will affect steel buildings used as distribution warehouses, retail warehouses and small warehouses as well as steel buildings used as offices.
How should reduced CO2 Emissions be achieved?
The reduced CO2 emissions will need to be achieved by using better insulation in the building envelope as well as for windows, rooflights, roof ventilators and access doors.
The new regulations also require calculations for the design stage of the project to be submitted to Building Control before work on site starts. As Built calculations will need to be submitted to Building Control within 5 days of completion of the building.
Improved Energy Efficiency Report
A report on the use of environmentally friendly alternatives for heating/cooling the building must also be produced for submission to Building Control. The report needs to evaluate the merits of using alternative energy efficient options offset against economic feasibility.
For more information on the changes in Part L2A Building Regulations visit the Government’s Planning Portal.
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