Conservation of Fuel and Power

Conservation of Fuel and Power

Amendments to Part F of the Building Regulations in Northern Ireland, including the supporting Technical Booklet Guidance, are expected to have a significant impact on glass and glazing products in residential and non-residential buildings.  High performance, energy efficient glass and windows are expected to play a crucial role in delivering nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) in Northern Ireland.

The Department of Finance (DoF) is consulting on an uplift of standards in Part F (conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations in Northern Ireland.  Ending on 19th December 2021, the consultation proposes an interim step towards nearly zero energy requirements for new buildings.

The following three options are proposed to improve the energy efficiency and carbon performance requirements for new buildings.

Option Improvement in carbon emission targets
New dwellings
New buildings other than dwellings
1 Do nothing
2 25% (all dwellings) 15%
3 40% (houses)
25% (flats)

Option 3 is the government's preferred option.

Following the completion of the consultation and review of the responses, DoF intends the new guidance to apply to new plans from as early as practicable in 2022.

To access the consultation documents, please click here.

Through our hub, we will monitor developments as the Part F 2022 consultation progresses and report on the implications as they emerge.

If you have any questions on the proposed amendments to Technical Booklet Guidance to Part F for 2022 in Northern Ireland and what the implications might be for glass, please complete our online contact form, selecting 'Architect' or 'Trade' as the Enquiry Type and 'Part L' as the Nature of Your Enquiry.

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