Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations were introduced in June last year, as part of government efforts to improve the efficiency of our housing stock.
Regulation changes and compliance have always been some of the most-read articles on www.installeronline.co.uk, as heating engineers, plumbers and electricians search for content to keep themselves informed and up-to-date.
In March, Part L again hit the headlines, as the grace period is coming to an end. This means that from June this year, installers must make sure they adhere to the stricter new regs.
Some of the key changes for installers to be aware of are:
- 55°C maximum flow temperature for newly installed heating systems down from the previous standard of 80°C
- New pipework will now have to be insulated
- New heating installations will require cleaning and flushing of the system, a magnetic filter installed and system water checked
- TRVs installed on radiators when upgrading a boiler
- For wet heating systems in new dwellings, with a floor area of 150m2 or greater, a minimum of two independently controlled heating circuits should be provided
- And more
While a lot of attention is given to the future of energy, there are still a lot of products and techniques that installers can action now, to improve systems and save their customers’ money.
These regulation changes look like pragmatic and relatively affordable steps to take to improve our systems, although some will question why it has taken so long to get here, and whether the regulations go far enough.
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