CIBSE has called for the Building and Energy Performance Regulations to be streamlined, in response to the government consultation on future changes to building regulations.
CIBSE believes that there is an opportunity to rationalise the energy efficiency elements of the Building Regulations and the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations, which are currently separate. It would offer the chance to reduce the time and cost involved in implementing the recast EPBD and the next cycle of revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations, scheduled to run in parallel.
"Given the links between the Building and Energy Performance Regulations and the closely aligned timescales for the next cycle of revisions to Building Regulations and implementation of the recast, we believe this offers an opportunity to save time and money, both for the industry and Government," said Hywel Davies, CIBSE's technical director.
CIBSE proposes arrangements to cover compliance with the energy related elements of the regulations, which combine the accreditation and quality assurance of all the activities related to energy performance in buildings.
The consultation report also summarises information from 190 responses from CIBSE members. Full details and a copy of the report are available here.
The Building Regulations and the Energy Performance Regulations have a significant and growing role to play in achieving government policy objectives in relation to both carbon emissions and climate change, and to energy supply and security issues.