Planning Policy

Planning Policy

Planning Policy

Parts L and F of the Building Regulations – aiming at 25% reductions

An average 25% reduction in the emissions from new commercial buildings is the overall aim of Part L (2010). In addition, Part F mandates that fresh air should be introduced into buildings. To avoid undue energy consumption, handling this air correctly is vital.

The next iteration of the regulations are planned to be published in April 2014 asking for a 6% CO2 emissions reduction in domestic and 9% reduction in non-domestic new builds and will require further carbon emission reductions with a target of ‘zero carbon’ buildings in 2016 for domestic and 2019 for non-domestic.

These regulations will help ensure new buildings continue to become more efficient. To achieve this, different solutions will be required to control the temperatures of internal areas and hot water production.

Planning Policy – requiring low and zero-carbon solutions

Planning is key to how buildings are delivered and has an important role in achieving the wider goals of reducing UK emissions. In 2003, Merton Council stipulated that any new development must generate 10% of its energy needs from on-site renewable energy technologies. These solutions offer end users considerable financial benefits over the longer term, while Feed-In Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive have helped accelerate return on investment. Since 2003, most other councils have adopted similar requirements, although these increasingly require energy savings to be made through deploying efficiency measures and low and zero carbon solutions to achieve wider targets.

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