In June 2022, the UK government introduced new building regulations aimed at reducing the country’s carbon emissions. The updated regulations are part of a wider effort to tackle climate change and create a more sustainable future for the country.
The regulations are set out in two volumes: Volume 1 covers dwellings, while Volume 2 covers buildings other than dwellings. These volumes provide detailed guidance on how to comply with the new regulations, including Approved Document L, which sets out requirements for energy efficiency in buildings.
However, under Volume 1, paragraph 0.8, and Volume 2, paragraph 0.12, there are exemptions for listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas, and scheduled monuments. This means that these buildings may not need to comply with the same energy efficiency standards as other buildings.
For anyone wishing to install conservation rooflights in a historic building or listed property, these exemptions could be particularly relevant. Conservation rooflights are a type of skylight that are designed to blend in with traditional architecture and are often used in historic buildings to increase natural light and ventilation.
Under the new regulations, listed buildings and those in conservation areas are exempt from certain energy efficiency requirements. However, it is important to note that exemptions do not mean that no energy efficiency measures are required at all.
If you are planning to install conservation rooflights in a listed building or historic property, you will still need to comply with other relevant regulations, such as those relating to building safety and planning permission. Additionally, it is still recommended to consider energy-efficient options to reduce the carbon footprint of the property and improve its sustainability.
Furthermore, it is important to work with a specialist conservation rooflight supplier like Stella Rooflight as well as an installer who can provide guidance on the best options for your property. They will be able to advise on the most appropriate materials and designs that will be sympathetic to the historic character of the building while also ensuring it is energy-efficient.
In summary, the new UK building regulations have introduced exemptions for listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas, and scheduled monuments. This means that energy efficiency requirements may not apply in the same way as for other buildings. However, it is still recommended to consider energy-efficient options when installing conservation rooflights in historic buildings and to work with a specialist supplier and installer who can provide tailored guidance.
Stella Rooflight is able to work with you, your architect or builder to advise on the most appropriate conservation rooflight for your project. Because all of our conservation rooflights are bespoke made, we can ensure that all the requirements of the Conservation Officer are met, while at the same time offering a product that combines a traditional look with modern thermal performance.
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