The Department for Communities and Local Government, DCLG, has published new 2013 versions of ADL1A, ADL2A, and new Domestic and Non Domestic Compliance Guides.
In addition, updated versions of both the SBEM User Guide and NCM Modelling Guide are expected to be available to download from the download page of www.2013ncm.bre.co.uk in the week commencing 2nd December 2013. In the meantime a summary of the non domestic notional buildings can be seen at Table 5 in ADL2A.
The revised Approved Documents on the planning portal with the portal web links as set out below. The accompanying DCLG Circular which formally announces the updates and changes is due to be published shortly on the gov.uk website. Minor amendments to the 2010 versions of ADL1B and ADL2B to update references to third party guidance are due to follow.
Direct download links to the documents are as follows:
Part L 2013 changes
Approved Document L - Conservation of fuel and power
Part L Review
CIBSE led the non domestic working group advising the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) on planned changes to Part L for 2013. This was one of four working groups, alongside those looking at Domestic Standards, Compliance & Performance, and potential links between the Green Deal and Part L.
The non domestic working group is chaired by Dr Foroutan Parand, Head of Building Physics at URS Scott Wilson. The group, which is made up of a wide cross section of industry participants, was asked to look at the potential to further reduce carbon emissions from new and existing non domestic buildings. The review was undertaken within the broader policy constraints set by the Coalition government, in particular the deregulatory agenda and the principle of "one in, one out". The working groups reported to BRAC in July 2011 with their recommendations.
The review considered the scope for further reductions in the carbon emissions from new and existing buildings. It also considered how compliance with building regulations can be improved, both in terms of ensuring that work undertaken complies with the existing requirements, and also looking at the gap between the performance delivered in finished buildings compared to the claimed performance of the design prior to construction.
To read the CIBSE response to the consultation on proposed changes to the Building Regulations in England 2012 please click here.