Earlier this week the Department of Finance (DoF) released a consultation on proposed changes to energy standards within Part F of the Northern Ireland Building Regulations. The consultation includes proposals for new domestic and non-domestic buildings currently held in Technical Booklets F1 and F2.

The Northern Ireland Government states:  “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).”

The proposal of most interest to iATS members is to:

  • Encourage air tightness testing, including removing options on air permeability assessment for a default value of 15 m3/(h.m2) to be submitted on small sites for untested dwellings and the similar 500 m2 threshold currently permitted for non-domestic buildings.

Jennifer Hartley, Scheme Coordinator of iATS states: “We are pleased to see the announcement of this consultation from the Northern Ireland Government. Although it isn’t as comprehensive as other recent consultations, it is still a positive step in their longer term five phase approach for uplifting building regulations.”   

You can view the full consultation here

The deadline for responses is 19th December 2021, and the aim is for the new guidance to come into force from as early in 2022 as practicable.

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