Construction red tape to be cut, sustainability boosted

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Home owners who choose to add a conservatory to their property should have less red tape to deal with in future, but green issues will play a bigger role.

These changes look set to be brought in by the Coalition government through its reform of building regulations, which were announced this week by Andrew Stunnell, the Liberal Democrat communities minister.

Writing for Business Green, reporter Will Nichols explained that many of the new rules relate to the construction of new zero-carbon homes, but extensions and renovations will also be included.

He described how applicants for extensions such as conservatories may be required to join the Green Deal scheme to make energy efficiency improvements to their houses, so conservatory blinds may not be the only new additions to their homes in future.

Mr Stunnell, in a written statement, said: “I believe that the proposals, by seizing the opportunity to deregulate whilst delivering even better levels of compliance and energy efficiency in buildings, will support our commitment ensuring that our buildings are safe and sustainable whilst helping to secure future growth and employment by means of a robust and effective bedrock of regulation.”

Greenwise noted that the new building regulations are subject to a consultation, with responses to the proposals needing to be in by March 27th 2012 and the whole process going on until April 27th 2012.