Consultation Proposals for amendment of Technical Booklet guidance to Part F (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations

Closes 19 Dec 2021

Opened 11 Oct 2021

Overview

The Department is consulting on proposals to amend Technical Booklet guidance to Part F (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations in order to uplift energy efficiency standards and carbon performance requirements for new buildings. The consultation proposals are intended as an interim step and to provide a more robust application of Regulation 43B (Nearly zero-energy requirements for new buildings). 

Three options are considered in the consultation:

  • Option 1: do nothing;
  • Option 2: a 25% betterment of the current emissions targets for all new dwellings and a 15% betterment for new buildings other than dwellings; and
  • Option 3: a 40% betterment for new houses, 25% for new flats and 15% for new buildings other than dwellings.

Options 2 and 3 also propose improved minimum standards for building fabric and encourage more air-tightness testing.

Further proposals, to take into account updated methodologies and software currently under consideration in other regions, are expected to follow in subsequent phases.

Why your views matter

The Department is seeking comments and views of interested parties on the proposed changes to Technical Booklet guidance to Part F of the Building Regulations. No legislative amendments to Part F (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations are proposed.  Your views will help to inform the development of final policy proposals prior to the Minister of Finance bringing these forward for consideration by the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.

Privacy Notice 

The Data Protection Act 2018 states that, as a government department, DoF may process personal data as necessary for the effective performance of a task carried out in the public interest. i.e. a consultation. In addition to the statutory requirement in the Building Order to consult on building regulations matters there is an expectation of appropriate public consultation on substantive changes to the Building Regulations.

Your personal data is being collected as an essential part of the consultation process, so that we can contact you regarding your response and for statistical purposes. We may also use it to contact you about related matters.

Your data will be kept for two years, after which all data will be deleted. To find out how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy policy. When submitting this response you agree to our privacy policy.

All the information you provide will be treated in strict confidence and will not be used to identify you personally. The analysis will be carried out on an anonymous basis under the guidelines of the GDPR.

Where consent has been provided consultation responses will be published on the Department of Finance website, no personal data will be published.

Information will not be passed on to anyone else and will only be used for the purposes of this consultation/survey.

 

Give us your views

Events

  • Event 1 - Introductory consultation information event aimed at the construction industry.

    From 21 Oct 2021 at 14:00 to 21 Oct 2021 at 15:15

    An introductory information event from the Department of Finance’s Building Standards Branch to explain the proposals, timelines, potential practical out-workings and potential subsequent steps. You can find a link to register in the 'Related' links section below. Please note that attendance at the event is not an alternative to submitting a formal consultation response.

  • Event 2 - Follow-up consultation information event aimed at the construction industry

    From 18 Nov 2021 at 14:00 to 18 Nov 2021 at 15:15

    An event hosted by the Department of Finance’s Building Standards Branch to review and, if necessary, provide clarification on the consultation documents, for those responding to the consultation. You can find a link to register in the 'Related' links section below. Please note that attendance at the event is not an alternative to submitting a formal consultation response.

Audiences

  • Parents
  • Citizens
  • Business
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Local Government
  • Statutory Body
  • Private Sector
  • Charity, Community and Voluntary
  • General Public

Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Housing and Accommodation
  • Environment
  • Properties Division