THE BUILDING REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2021
NEW APPROVED DOCUMENT O, (OVERHEATING)
NEW APPROVED DOCUMENT F, VOLUMES 1 AND 2
NEW APPROVED DOCUMENT L, VOLUMES 1 AND 2
The Amendment Regulations and new Approved Documents do not apply in relation to building work on a
particular building, where a building notice or an initial notice has been given to, or full plans have been
deposited with, a local authority, in respect of that building, before 15th June 2022, provided that the
building work on that building is started before 15th June 2023.
In some cases, applications will be in respect of a number of buildings on a site, for example a number of houses. In such cases, it is only those individual buildings for which work is commenced which can take advantage of the transitional provisions.
|Windows overall U value of 1.6 Wm²K or WER Band “C” or better||Windows overall U value of 1.4 Wm² K or WER Band “B” or better Timber Windows overall U value of 1.6 Wm²K|
|Doors overall U value of 1.8Wm²K or DSER Band “E” or better||Doors overall U value of 1.4Wm²K, or DSER Band “C” where the glazed area is > 60%, other doors DSER Band “B” or better|
Dwellings (New Build)
|With regards to New Build, the quoted values are the requirements using the elemental method. There is a limiting value which the builder can use should they have made improvements in other areas on the thermal performance of the dwelling, this is proved by their SAP calculation.
|Windows overall U value of 1.4 Wm²K with a minimum g value 0.63, with a limiting value 2.0 Wm²K||Windows & Doors with greater than 60% glazed area an overall U value of 1.2 Wm²K. The limiting value is 1.6 Wm²K.|
|Doors overall U value of 1.4 Wm²K with a minimum g value 0.63, with a limiting value 2.0 Wm²K.
Solid doors 1.0 Wm²K with a limiting value 2.0 Wm² K
|Opaque doors or Semi-glazed doors (30 – 60% glazed area) an overall U value of 1.0 Wm²K. The limiting value is 1.6 Wm²K.|
Approved Document F (Ventilation) – Effective 15/06/2022
When building work is carried out on an existing dwelling that will affect ventilation for example replacing a window or door, the ventilation of the dwelling should either meet the standards detailed in Approved Document ADF 1 or be not less satisfactory than before the work was carried out.
Note: Ventilation through infiltration (draughty windows/doors) should be considered part of the ventilation system of a dwelling. Reducing infiltration might reduce the indoor air quality of the dwelling.
Existing windows with background ventilators
If the existing windows have background ventilators, the replacement windows should include background ventilators. The new background ventilators should comply with both of the following conditions.
- Not be smaller than the background ventilators in the original window.
- Be controllable either automatically or by the occupant. If the size of the background ventilators in the existing window is not known, the ventilator sizes (See below)
Existing windows without background ventilators
Replacing the windows is likely to increase the airtightness of the dwelling. If ventilation is not provided via a mechanical ventilation heat with heat recovery system, then increasing the airtightness of the building may reduce beneficial ventilation in the building. In these circumstances, it is necessary to ensure that the ventilation provision in the dwelling is no worse than it was before the work was carried out.
This may be demonstrated in any of the following ways:
- Incorporating background ventilators on the replacement windows equivalent to the following. I. Habitable rooms – minimum 8000mm² equivalent area. II. Kitchen – minimum 8000mm² equivalent area. III. Bathroom (with or without a toilet) – 4000mm² equivalent area.
- If the dwelling will have continuous mechanical extract ventilation, installing background ventilators in any replacement windows which are not in wet rooms, with a minimum equivalent area of 4000mm² in each habitable room.
- Other ventilation provisions, if it can be demonstrated to a building control body that they comply with 3.2.
|4000mm² per habitable room||8000mm² per habitable room|
Dwellings (New Build)
|There are many ways where the developer can address this requirement, it is up to them to determine how they wish to achieve the adequate ventilation, which is not necessarily through trickle vents. It is therefore down to the developer to ensure they provide the window/door manufacturer with the exact requirements should they choose to use trickle vents.|
Note: A window with a night latch position is not adequate for background ventilation, due to the following.
- The risk of draughts
- Security issues
- The difficulty of measuring the equivalent area
New Approved Document O (Overheating) – Effective 15/06/2022
Approved Document O – New Dwellings only
Title Purpose for which the building is intended to be used Residential (dwellings) Dwellings, which includes both dwellinghouses and flats. Residential (institutional) Home, school or other similar establishment, where people sleep on the premises. The building may be living accommodation for the care or maintenance of any of the following. a. Older and disabled people, due to illness or other physical or mental condition. b. People under the age of 5 years. Residential (other) Residential college, hall of residence and other student accommodation, and living accommodation for children aged 5 years and older.
Requirement Limits on application O1 Overheating mitigation (1) Reasonable provision must be made in respect of a dwelling, institution or any other building containing one or more rooms for residential purposes, other than a room in a hotel (“residences”) to— (a) limit unwanted solar gains in summer; (b) provide an adequate means to remove heat from the indoor environment. (2) In meeting the obligations in paragraph (1)— (a) account must be taken of the safety of any occupant, and their reasonable enjoyment of the residence; and (b) mechanical cooling may only be used where insufficient heat is capable of being removed from the indoor environment without it.
Dynamic thermal modelling A method of building modelling that predicts the internal conditions and energy demands of a building at short time intervals using weather data and building characteristics. Summary This paper is a brief summary of the approved documents, you should read them carefully.
This paper is a brief summary of the approved documents, please read them carefully. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/approved-documents
For replacements you should consult either LABC / Building Control or the Competent Persons Scheme you use (Fensa/Certass etc), to establish exactly what they will be looking for when they conduct inspections.
For new build please consult with the developer and ensure that they make you aware of what they require from the windows and doors which need to be installed.
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