We have produced this infographic to help illustrate the timeline for the implication of the new regulations and the key dates.
What constitutes "works started"
Whilst the new regulations don't give particular guidance on what constitutes "works started" it is believed this will have to be of a substantial nature. This is likely to be subjective and may differ between building control bodies and/or approved inspectors but we believe the intention is for works to have progressed upto DPC level. We therefore suggest you agree this with your particular building control body or organisation prior to the 15th of June 2023 for the avoidance of any doubt.
Additionally unlike previous regulation changes the works are subject to a plot by plot basis. Therefore only plots that have "works started" prior to the 15th of June 2023 will be exempt of the new regulations provided they were submitted for approval before the 15th of June 2022.
What Does This Mean?
Potentially for those that are unable to submit for building regulation approval prior to the 15th of June 2022 they will have to comply with the new 2021 building regulations. In particular the new part L regulations will require a substantial improvement to the buildings fabric, building services compared to current building regulations to ensure compliance.
Needless to say this will come at an additional expense and if not considered as part of the original feasibility for the project will most likely reduce the viability of the project.
Therefore we suggest that if you're looking at a project in 2022 you factor in the additional cost associated with complying with the new regulations. Here at BEAT Solutions we are able to advise on the impact of the new 2021 regulations and in particular the new SAP10 requirements. Doing this will enable you to be able to better budget for the cost of the new regulations. To understand the full implications of the 2021 regulation changes make sure you are following our 2021 Buildings Regulations page, where we provide bite sized guidance on all the changes.
Want To Know More About The Other Important Changes To The 2021 Regulations?
To see all our guidance articles on the changes to the Approved Documents 2021, make sure your visit our 2021 Buildings Regulations page.
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