Heating regs get radical overhaul
Tougher standards on air tightness in rooms are on the way as part of a regulation overhaul to meet low carbon targets.
The government is set to update the Approved Document L of planning guidance to improve minimum standards of air tightness and energy use.
Among the changes are new demands that collars and grommets are fitted on service pipework going into a building. The changes to the Document are part of the work leading into the Future Home Standard in 2025. Broadly, the new Document L will set new standards on thermal performance and heat loss from buildings plus energy conservation requirements linked to the installation of services including heating and hot water.