Did you know changes to building regulations are just around the corner?…

Announced late last year, new building regulations for England are due to come into effect from 15th June 2022. Intended to help the UK reach net-zero CO2 by 2050, whilst actively combatting climate change, Housing Minister Eddie Hughes said:

“The changes will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we live, work and spend our free time and are an important step on our country’s journey towards a cleaner, greener built environment.”

So, how does this relate to trickle vents and why should it matter to you?…

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Are trickle vents a legal requirement?

Trickle vents keep rooms adequately ventilated when the window or door is closed, via a small slot located on the upper part of the frame. The current building regulations* indicate that trickle vents are mandatory on windows and doors in the following areas:

  • Replacement windows and doors that already have them
  • All new-build properties
  • All new extensions

*correct at time of publishing

What are the changes to Part F 2022?

Approved Document F sets the standards for ventilation requirements to maintain indoor air quality. Slashing emissions from new homes by 30%, the amendments in June will require both new windows in existing homes, as well as new homes and extensions, to contain trickle vents.

Are there any more building regulation changes I should be aware of?

  • Improvements to Part L (conservation of fuel and power)

Windows with trickle vents

Tightening minimum energy rating standards for windows and doors, the new minimum energy standard for windows will be 1.4 W/m²K (Window Energy Rating B). For doors, it will be 1.4 or Door Energy Rating C.

Addressing the issue of overheating in new residential buildings, Part O will focus on the importance of limiting solar gain via UV-ray absorption options, such as installing high-performance solar control glazing or reducing glazed areas in new conservatories and garden rooms.

Windows & doors that fully comply with Building Regulations in the Midlands

Our high-performance home improvement products are not just chosen for their impressive sightlines and security features, thermal efficiency and future building regulation compliance are essential considerations too. Achieving the very best energy ratings possible (A+), a collection of specialist glazing options, and a wide range of matching hinges, handles, restrictors, and trickle vents are also available to make your new windows and doors your own.

Get a quote, visit our showroom, contact us online, or give our team of experts a call on 01902 773831 for further support.

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