YOU ARE AFFECTED
If you haven’t yet heard of the ‘New National Technical Standards’ (NNTS), you soon will. Brought about on the back of the Deregulation Bill after concerns about planning bodies adding extra layers of technical requirements, this change to legislation will have far reaching consequences for local authorities, specifiers and house builders.
No More Code
The most significant change to current legislation is that planning bodies can no longer mandate the Code for Sustainable Homes as part of planning permissions. There are additional changes to a number of parts of the Building Regulations.
From now on, no new planning permissions can mandate the Code and it will be just existing sites working through their Code requirements. Also planning authorities will not be allowed to set out any demands beyond Building Regulations except in very tightly defined areas and subject to consultation and viability.
Revised Building Regulations
… will set national standards for accessibility (Part M), security (Part Q), and efficient water use (Part G), as well as an ambitious new zero carbon standard from 2016 for new build projects of 10+ homes.
The impetus will be with local authorities to implement these new housing standards, however the guidelines for how the old and new regulations will fit together at a national standard is less than clear.
While Part E of the Building Regulations has not been affected by the changes to housing standards, as you will realise, the design and delivery of Low Energy Homes often has an associated impact via the type and performance of thermal insulation. This is central to our business mission and we are constantly researching and developing new materials, techniques and approaches – and looking for likeminded architects, housing providers, builders and self-builders with similar interests and objectives with whom to collaborate, as well as simplifying their building needs.