Proposed revisions to two parts of the building regulations G Hygiene and L Conservation of fuel and power are currently the subject of consultation with the construction industry. Part G in particular has major impact on plumbing/heating work in residential and non-residential properties. The main proposed changes to Part G Hygiene include: Renaming the document to Sanitation, Hot Water Safety and Water Efficiency with the following sections G1 Cold Water Services:
The uses of non wholesome water (rain water and grey water)
G2 Water Efficiency -limiting use to 125 litres/per person/per day
G3 Hot Water Services
Mandatory use of thermostatic mixing valves on all baths/showers/bidets
Changes to unvented systems, installation and design
Changes to vented systems to include more safety devises APHC will be submitting a response to the consultation on behalf of the membership.
Response can also be made at an individual level to the proposals laid down in the consultation. The full consultation documents can be accessed at the following links, detail is also provided on how to make a response to the consultation.
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/partgconsultation for Part G, Closing date for your comments is August 5th 2008.
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/partlconsultation for Part L, Closing date for your comments is September 9th 2008.
If there are any issues arising from the consultation that you wish to raise with the Association then please contact the Technical Services department on 024 7647 2507.