The changes focus on Part A (Structure) and Part C (Site preparation and resistance to moisture) as well as giving details of the next steps towards zero carbon homes with Part L (Conservation of fuel and power).
The new Approved Documents come into force on 1 October 2013 and and will apply to all work subject to an Initial Notice, building notice or full plans submission served on or after 1 October 2013.
DCLG have advised that the superseded British Standards will continue to demonstrate compliance with the functional requirements of the Building Regulations until 2018 and for smaller scale works for the foreseeable future after that.
NHBC will continue to accept submissions to British or European codes to support proposals for Building Control and NHBC Buildmark in line with these guidelines.
Specific details of the content of Part L 2014 have yet to be published but the government has confirmed that the transitional provisions will be the same as those for the 2010 regulations and those covering fabric energy efficiency rates.
In DCLG's opinion the commencement of work would usually be marked by work such as:
DCLG considers that the following sorts of work would not be likely to constitute the commencement of work:
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 the commencement of work on the first of the buildings within the application which determines whether all the building work can take advantage of the transitional provisions, not each individual building.
Please talk to your NHBC Surveyor to discuss additional help we can provide and how we can help in registering your sites in time to meet with the transitional provisions.
More information will be published at NHBC Techzone as soon as it becomes available.
News Date: 18/09/13